“The number of migrant children and families seeking to cross the U.S. southwest border has surged to levels not seen since before the pandemic… Statistics released Wednesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection showed the number of children and families increased by more than 100% between January and February. Kids crossing by themselves rose 60% to more than 9,400.” AP News
In a press conference on Wednesday, Amb. Roberta Jacobson, the White House coordinator for the Southern Border, “stressed that people should not try and migrate to the United States across the border, for now. ‘La frontera no esta abierta,’ she said, repeating multiple times in Spanish that ‘the border is not open.’” NPR
In late February, it was announced that “President Joe Biden’s administration has reopened a tent facility to house up to 700 immigrant teenagers after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border unaccompanied by a parent… the first teens arrived at Carrizo Springs, Texas, which was converted two years ago into a holding facility under former President Donald Trump. The facility has been closed since July 2019.” AP News
The left argues that Biden’s policies are not comparable to Trump’s family separation program, and urges him to pursue long-term solutions such as reducing instability in Central America.