FEMA heading to Southern border to assist with surge of migrant children
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been called to help shelter and transfer the increasingly large groups of unaccompanied child migrants that are crossing the border illegally from Mexico into the United States,, DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Saturday.
He said the agency will support and assist to “safely receive, shelter and transfer unaccompanied children” attempting to get into the United States. He added that there has been a “record number of individuals, including unaccompanied children, at the southwest border.“
President Joe Biden’s administration has refused to call the massive wave of migrants arriving illegally at the U.S. Southern border a crisis but critics say it’s Biden’s policies that have instigated the humanitarian and national security disaster.
Mayorkas said Saturday that FEMA would help children found at the border avoid being treated as detainees of Customs and Border Protection.
I recently spoke to and witnessed the wave of children and family units crossing into the United States on my recent trips to Texas and Arizona. It is certainly is a crisis.
DHS expects the number of unaccompanied migrant children to increase exponentially throughout the year. Officials are estimating that more than 117,000 will arrive to the U.S., making this the largest wave of children to have arrived since President Obama was in office. During the fiscal year from October 2013 to August 2014, more than 66,000 children arrived to the U.S. unaccompanied.
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