After being pressured by progressives, the Biden administration reportedly plans on buying plane tickets to fly illegal immigrant minors to their relatives living in the United States.
This information comes as immigration authorities are already experiencing a crisis in the first month of the new administration. President Joe Biden and his team reportedly feel the pressure as his lenient views of immigration is causing unexpected surges at the U.S. border in the south.
Timothy Perry, the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief of Staff, wrote an email to the leaders of the agency last Feb. 12, as per the Washington Times. In it, Perry said that they need to get ready for border surges immediately. He also stated that they need to start making changes as soon as possible. Perry said that they need to act now and think of costs later.
Reopening of Shelter for Illegal Immigrant Minors
Earlier this week, news surfaced that the Biden administration reopened a housing facility established during the Trump-era. The said facility shelters illegal immigrant minors who do not have guardians accompanying them.
According to the Washington Post, the number of illegal immigrant minors who are in federal custody has tripled since January. The count is currently at around 7,000.
Also, as per the report, Biden’s team feels worried about running out of space to shelter these minors that they have authorized the purchase of plane tickets and other costs to transport the children to their relatives in the U.S.
An email from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which runs under the Department of Health and Human Services, reportedly laid out the policy. The news outlet obtained the email, and the HHS confirmed its contents on Wednesday.
Due to the surge, Biden’s administration responded by trying to ward off new immigrants in the past few days.