Expected Number of ‘Unaccompanied Minors’ Crossing Southern Border Expected to Surpass Current Record by 45% this Year

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Key Points:

  • 2021 is expected to see 117,000 unaccompanied migrant children cross the southern border, 45% higher than the previous all time record.
  • HHS is seeking potentially 20,000 new child migrant beds.
  • Child migrant shelters are expected to hit full capacity by the end of March, even after the reopening of several shelters used under the Trump Administration

In a report obtained by Axios, the DHS prepared to brief President Biden on a large influx in ‘unaccompanied minors’ crossing the southern border this year. According to DHS estimates, there will be an estimated 117,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border throughout the year, and that number is anticipated to beat the previous record by 45%.

The Department of Health and Human Services is making plans to accommodate 2,000 more unaccompanied minors crossing the border in shelters by updating Coronavirus regulations and measures. Even with measures being taken, sources in the Axios report claim that HHS is set to have its shelter capacity maxed out by the end of March. With this all being said, President Biden is being briefed on a need for 20,000 new child migrant beds.

Towards the end of February, the Biden Administration opened their very first child migrant shelter in Carrizo Springs, Texas, to hold a maximum of 700 teenage-migrants. President Biden also sought the return and reimplementation of several child migrant shelters utilized under the Trump Administration.

All of this comes as President Biden promptly ended the emergency declaration made under Trump that granted $16 billion towards a border wall, introducing the US Citizenship Act of 2021 Act to congress, and attempting to halt all deportations for 100 days, though the action was blocked by a US District Court Judge Drew Tipton.