President Biden’s Administration faces another new issue with immigration with Mexico, as an increasing number of migrant children seeking asylum are detained. Even with the border closed, the migrated children are being kept in the States as returning them back to home countries will be very dangerous.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement Tuesday “the situation at the southwest border is difficult.” “We are working around the clock to manage it, and we will continue to do so,” he said. “That is our job.”
The number of unaccompanied migrant children seeking asylum at the nation’s southern border began rising late last year before Biden was inaugurated as president. They are hoping that Biden’s administration might help them to enter the US.
Mayorkas noted Tuesday the United States is on “pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years.” U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reports “encounters,” in addition to apprehensions. Therefore, the numbers include repeated crossings by single individuals. For example, in El Paso, Texas, the average for one adult is 10 crossings.
The Biden administration said it’s seeing more migrants being held because of the change of rhetoric from President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration policies.
In El Paso, the Border Patrol expels dozens of unauthorized migrants each day to Juarez just south of the border, including single adults and families. They are dropped at the top of the Paso del Norte bridge, then walk to Mexico.