Thousands of migrant children face ‘the cages’ built by the Obama-Biden administration, after the child-shelter network run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reduced its capacity by 40%, leaving them 93% full.
Once the HHS shelters reach capacity, migrants will be housed in facilities run by the Border Patrol – a.k.a. ‘the cages,’ described by the Wall Street Journal as “stark cells – with just a bench and a toilet – that are designed to hold single adults for a few hours rather than children for days.”
Over 700 children were in Border Patrol custody as of Friday, up from 150 on Tuesday, according to the report, which cites “a person familiar with the numbers.”
“A jail cell is no place for a child, even for the shortest possible duration,” said former US Customs and Border Protection spokesman, Andrew Meehan, who served during 2019.
“They’ve seen very large growth in a very short period of time,” said Mark Greenberg, a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan Washington think tank, who was in charge of the HHS shelter network during the Obama administration. “The closer you get to 100% capacity, the harder the system is to manage.”
On Monday, the government plans to reopen an emergency shelter in Carrizo Springs, Texas—a converted encampment that once hosted oil-field