Republicans smell blood as Biden battles immigration crisis


DHS Alejandro Mayorkas said the agency will release "footage" of migrant facilities.

The Biden administration has said it will open additional facilities for migrants after images from a detention centre in Texas showed children huddled together in crowded makeshift rooms.

Since January, the president has ordered the reunification of migrant children with their families, ended construction of Mr Trump's border wall and called for reviews of legal immigration programmes terminated by the former president.

Cuellar said he released the photos in part because the administration has refused media access to the Donna tent. "So we are rebuilding the system as we address the needs of vulnerable children who arrived at our borders".

Some families caught at the border in Texas' Rio Grande Valley said in interviews they were flown to El Paso, Texas, after being held in custody just a few days.

"We ought to take care of those kids like they're our own kids", Cuellar said.

New photos released by Axios reveal the overflow being experienced at the migrant detention facility in Donna, Texas.

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Mexico did not explain why the measure was announced now, more than a year after the start of the pandemic, but it came on the same day the USA confirmed it will send 2.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Mexico. The new administration says it sees ending a Trump-era policy of forcing migrants to remain in Mexico while their cases adjudicated as "a moral imperative".

The Post said that a CBP spokesperson did not immediately respond to The Post's request for comment and that a spokesperson for the White House did not immediately respond either.

The federal government has sought to move children out of U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody and into shelters and centers operated by the Health and Human Services Department.

In one photo, people of all ages, including children, are shown sitting on the floor.

"Remember, each "unaccompanied minor" is a human being with a story", Murphy tweeted.

Federal officials told the media that UACs at one particular facility had a positive coronavirus rate of 11 percent - almost double the Texas positivity average. The Department of Homeland Security did not allow members of the press to accompany Mayorkas and the senators on the facility visit, citing COVID-19 concerns.

Officials are struggling to house and process an rising number of unaccompanied children, many of whom have been stuck in border stations for days.

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Asked about the report, Connecticut Democratic Sen.

The U.S. delegation will meet with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, deputy secretary for North America Roberto Velasco and other foreign ministry officials, a senior administration official said in a briefing for reporters.

"Right now, as we speak, they are building new capacity to help house these children and filling new slots in the HHS system", he added. We must be better.

Some passengers interviewed by Reuters once they crossed into Mexico said they had been awakened in their holding cells at night by border agents and not told where they were going as they were loaded on buses and taken to the airport. "They are sort of bunched about six inches to a foot from each other".

Speaking on "Greg Kelly Reports", Trump decried the worsening situation at the border, with Customs and Border Protection statistics showing 100,000 illegal aliens were caught attempting to enter the United States from Mexico in February, That was a almost one-third jump from the previous month and a three-fold increase from the same month a year ago.

Ms Psaki said there was special concern about the growing number of unaccompanied children arriving at USA border crossings, and that their wellbeing was a priority.

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