Nearly 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children entered the U.S. border custody in March, authorities said Thursday — an all time high.
March’s number was double the amount of unaccompanied children encountered by the Border Patrol Agents in February and more than five times the number in March 2020.
Sara Carter spoke with Rep. Jim Jordan on “Hannity” Thursday about the largest monthly number of unaccompanied minors that entered the country last month.
“This is truly chaos,” Jordan said. “40% of the agents’ time is spent processing, not doing the job that the taxpayers expect them to do and that they want to do.”
The federal government called on all federal workers to help process the children, and normal background checks might be waived, according to a March 25 letter obtained by Border Report.
They are requesting workers to help in Dallas, San Diego, San Antonio and Fort Bliss, Texas.
“The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) needs current Federal government civilian employees for up to 120-day deployment details to support ORR at facilities for unaccompanied children,” read the letter by OPM Acting Director Kathleen McGettigan.
Because of the 100% increase in unaccompanied migrant children arriving on the Southwest border, traditional “child care check investigations that normally are required for federal workers to assist children, can be waived this time,” McGettigan wrote in the letter.
Jordan said the overcrowded facilities are not able to abide by Covid protocols.
Jordan saw a pod, where unaccompanied children are housed, with 527 children inside.
According to Covid protocols, the pod is only suppose to house 33 kids.
“You feel for those kids and those families who want what we enjoy — they want to be in the greatest country ever. But you have to do it in a legal way, you have to do it in an orderly fashion. You can’t have this surge,” Jordan said.
“These families who are trying to get here, particularly the children, what they have to go through is just heartbreaking,” Jordan said. “You can see it on some of the kids’ faces when you’re in the facility.”
Border Patrol Agents said this is the biggest surge they’ve seen yet. Last month was the busiest month in the history of Border Patrol, Jordan noted.
“There’s no other way to describe it — it’s chaotic.”
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