White House Raises Estimate of Migrant Children It Expects to Cross the Border This Year
The Biden Administration is readying to welcome a wave of migrant children into the United States as the president rolls back the strict enforcement that was a feature of Trump Administration’s immigration policy.
The new goal is 117,000 youths and children, up from the 30,000 “Unaccompanied Alien Children” (UAC) migrants who were brought to the border by coyotes during 2020, and well above the record inflow of 76,000 delivered in 2019.
The goal of 117,000 was leaked to Axios as part of a media campaign in which administration officials argue they have no moral choice but to let the migrants into the United States. The campaign is also intended to fend off theatrical criticism from the left, whereby progressives say the youth and children do not need to be kept in the shelters where they are provided with health screens and the legal paperwork needed to get jobs and residency.
Due to the reopening of child migrant camps causing controversy for President Biden from the left, the administration is now hoping to reduce use of such shelters by allowing the minor immigrants into the country to join a U.S. based sponsor:
“This is exactly their intention — getting alien minors into the country,” said Rob Law, the director of regulatory affairs and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies. “They’re encouraging the trafficking of these children … and have no respect or compassion for Americans who lose economic opportunities because of their policies on legal and illegal immigration,” said Law, who worked as policy director in former President Donald Trump’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency.
Some critics have worried that the softer enforcement will only serve to encourage more migrants to make what is a dangerous journey to illegally cross the border.
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reported that about 13 teenage migrants were killed by gunmen when attempting to make the journey to the border, with their bodies being left behind in burned-out pickup trucks.
But Biden insists he is attempting to return compassion to the nation’s immigration system, accusing the previous administration of using “divisive, inhumane and immoral policies.”
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