Tag: Department of Health and Human Services

Poor Conditions Continue in Migrant Care Facilities

The Biden administration allowed several journalists into its main border detention facility this Tuesday. These visitors were met with a shocking display of overcrowding, with thousands of people crammed into a space designed for a few hundred. According to the acting executive officer for the U.S. Border Control in Rio Grande Valley, Oscar Escamilla, almost 300 children enter the facility daily. It seems this number might not be decreasing anytime soon.

The United States immigration system is currently experiencing a major backlog, as unaccompanied migrants are entering the country at a faster rate than the Department of Health and Human Services can place them with U.S. sponsors. The department has been scrambling to make space, and has begun housing these migrants in convention centers in both Dallas and San Diego. More large-scale sites will be opening soon throughout Texas. 

Opening new sites, increasing staff, and expanding the resources available to the Department of Health and Human Services should be the top priority in government right now. These issues with overcrowding are a direct product of an inefficient immigration system. Instead, however, legislators in Washington have focused their efforts on increasing border security. This preoccupation with prevention ignores the present situation, which demands immediate attention. Political agendas can wait, these children cannot.

 

Read the Related Article on the Dallas Convention Center Migrant Housing Here: https://ellensullivanlaw.com/hhs-will-use-dallas-convention-center-as-temporary-migrant-housing/ 

DHS Enlists Help of FEMA

 

Help from femaThis past Saturday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help process the high levels of unaccompanied minors arriving at the border. The 90 day government-wide effort will safely receive, shelter, and transfer children.

 The Department of Homeland Security also announced that the federal government is working to move children from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to the Department of Health and Human Services. They will be placing children with family members or sponsors “until their immigration is adjudicated.” FEMA will now be playing an important role in this process, seeking every available option to “quickly expand physical capacity for appropriate lodging.”

It is very important that the government does everything in its power to ensure the safety of these minors, especially with the added risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these children have endured a dangerous journey, and they now need comfort, safety, and support.

Read the DHS statement here: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/03/13/homeland-security-secretary-mayorkas-directs-fema-support-response-unaccompanied