President Joe Biden has detained nearly seven times as many unaccompanied minors than Trump’s highest number, according to a report by The National Pulse.
The Washington Post Mar. 10 report stated “more than 8,500 migrant teens and children who crossed the border without their parents are being housed in Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)” and “nearly 3,500 more are stuck at Border Patrol stations waiting for beds in those shelters to open up.”
The Trump administration’s highest number of unaccompanied minors in detainment was approximately 2,600.
As of Mar. 31, 17,641 unaccompanied minor were in government custody according to ABC News.
In total, an estimated 5,000 people per day crossed the nation’s southern border in March, a senior Border Patrol official said. Of that total, about 450 to 500 are unaccompanied minors.
The statistics provide strong evidence that the immigration changes are more than just a surge or challenge, as the Biden administration has claimed. The numbers represent a growing immigration crisis less than three months into the president’s term.
Neither Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris, who was recently tasked to address immigration by the president, has current plans to visit the southern border.
In March, 18 Republican leaders visited immigration locations along the Texas border. Sen. Ted Cruz (D-TX) shared images from the visit, revealing the difficult conditions faced by immigrants.
Cruz told reporters, “It is wrong, and it is the direct consequence of policy decisions by the Biden administration to stop building the wall, to return, to catch and release and to end the stay in Mexico policy.”