Biden Admin Considers Using NASA Facility to House Migrant Children
The Biden Administration is running out of places to house the surge of illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border less than two months after President Biden made sweeping changes to former President Donald Trump’s border enforcement policies.
From Yahoo! News:
A NASA site in California is being considered as a potential location to house the growing number of migrants coming across the border, according to sources briefed on the plans.
Sources told ABC News that plans are still in flux, but the site, Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, is expected to house a number of unaccompanied minors in Customs and Border Protection custody, which has risen to just under 3,500 in recent weeks, according to sources and internal CBP documents reviewed by ABC News.
“The Department of Health and Human Services has requested federal agencies to determine whether they have currently vacant properties that might be available and suitable for potential future use as Temporary Influx Care Facilities for unaccompanied migrant children,” Darryl Waller, a spokesman for NASA told ABC News,
The news comes after Biden created controversy among some allies on the left after the administration made the decision to reopen temporary child migrant shelters that created controversy under Trump. The resistance forced the White House to pull back on that policy, instead opting to house all migrant children at permanent facilities despite previous Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that the centers only operate at 50% capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the temporary NASA facilities will operate much like the controversial shelters that Biden has pledged not to use:
“NASA officials will join the HHS staff as they tour the property available for potential future use,” ORR said in a statement. “HHS will determine if the site will be used for UC operations. We expect to decide soon about the feasibility of the NASA site to serve as a potential temporary emergency influx shelter.”
The site would work similarly to the facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, where migrant children are housed until they’re reunited with family members or sponsors in the U.S. There are currently 8,100 minors in ORR facilities.
Illegal crossing attempts have surged since Biden took office in January, with Customs and Border Patrol officials saying the agency stopped more than 100,00 attempted illegal crossings last month alone.
Despite the surge in migrants and the lack of space to host them, the White House has so far denied there is a crisis growing on the southern border.
“I don’t think we need to sit here and put new labels on what we have already conveyed is challenging, what we have conveyed is a top priority for the president, what our policy teams are working on every single day,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
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