Biden Says 'It Could Be True' Immigrant Children Are Still Separated From Families
'I don’t think that’s true, but that could be'
Democrat Joe Biden responded to reports he still has not delivered his promise to reunite hundreds of illegal immigrant children separated from their families.
Biden said he didn't think the reporting is true, then admitted it “could be” true.
“According to our reporting, and in your first 100 days, not one child has been reunited. How is that?” NBC’s Craig Melvin said to Biden.
“I don’t think that’s true, but that could be,” Biden replied.
“What we have done is we have united children with their families as they’ve come across the border."
"But one of the things is, we don’t know yet where those kids are," Biden added.
"And we’re trying like hell to figure out what happened."
"It’s almost like being a sleuth, and we’re still continuing to try like hell to find out where they are.”
Biden then urged parents in Central America:
“Do not send your kids, period."
"They’re in jeopardy, making the 1,000-mile trek," he added.
"And so, what we are doing now is we’re going back to those countries in question, where most are coming from, and saying, ‘Look, you can apply from your country."
"You don’t have to make this trek.'”
Biden's comments come a month after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the United States would not expel unaccompanied minors at the southern border.
Mayorkas remarks come after reports there are 13,000 unaccompanied migrant children in federal custody.
CBS News reported children are “being held an average of 120 hours in Border Patrol facilities."
Mayorkas was asked when migrants could travel to the US after Biden told them not to come.
Earlier this month, the Biden administration announced they are paying travel costs for adult sponsors to pick up migrant children from shelters as the surge in unaccompanied minors (UACs) spirals out of control.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed its Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) was okayed last month and would start paying for travel costs for sponsors to pick up children.