Brownsville | Republicans accused Joe Biden on Monday of causing recruitment at the US-Mexico border where thousands of immigrants pour in, including many unaccompanied minors.
All U.S. administrations are seeing increases, often seasonal, in immigrant arrivals.
But for the leader of the Republican minority in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, “this crisis was created by the presidential policies of the new administration.”
“Elle ne peut avoir d’autre nom que la crise Biden aux frontières”, at-il lancé lors d’une visite au Texas, à la frontière avec le Mexique, en compagnie d’une dizaine d’autres élus républicains de room.
Since his first day in the White House on January 20, Joe Biden has signed a moratorium on deporting illegal immigrants who arrived in the US before November 2020. He has promised a broad immigration reform, which will pave the way for naturalization. About 11 million illegal immigrants.
Even as the newcomers continued to be deported, Republicans say, all of this has encouraged immigrants to take advantage of their opportunities.
The White House admitted on Monday it was facing a “big problem,” but blamed it on Donald Trump, who left office on Jan.20 after four years in office.
“The last administration left us with a disjointed and impractical system,” said White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki. We will do our best to find a solution. “
The Democrats accuse the Republicans of seeking to create a “transformation” so that we don’t talk about the gigantic economic stimulus plan, which is very popular with Americans.
They noted that the number of illegal immigrants arrested at the border with Mexico had already started to rise again at the end of Trump’s term.
Faced with Republican parliamentarians who on Monday said they are “sad” over the immigration situation at the border, some also recall Donald Trump’s controversial “zero tolerance” policy in 2018, which resulted in thousands of immigrants being fired. Migrant families.
Hundreds of children have not yet found their parents.
” no money ”
“At home, we have no work, no money,” says Robia Tabora, 25, from Guatemala, as she sits with her one-year-old son at the Brownsville bus station in the southern tip of Texas.
She crossed the border illegally from Mexico and wants to find her husband, who already lives in the United States.
The announcement of the endowment sign encouraged her to cross the border. “My husband asked me to come at that time,” the young woman told AFP on Sunday evening.
At the center of this flow, which is repeated across borders, the massive reach of unaccompanied minors has inundated existing reception structures, already limited by the COVID-19 pandemic.
So much so, that the Biden administration on Saturday ordered the US Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to intervene. For three months, it will help provide temporary housing for minors before they join the adults, usually the relatives have already settled in the United States.
Resettle up to 3,000 minors
As a sign of urgency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has rented a space at a convention center in Dallas to temporarily house up to 3,000 teens between the ages of 15 and 17, Dallas City Councilor JJ Koch said on Facebook. Specifying that the agency hopes to open it. “Early this week.”
In Brownsville on the other hand, Mayor Trey Mendes said Monday that his services have not been overwhelmed by the 150 or so immigrants who arrive every day, most of whom leave within 24 hours.
“I have no sense that we’re going through a crisis in Brownsville,” the man who backed Joe Biden in the presidential election told reporters.
The Ministry of Health is currently caring for about 8,800 young immigrants, and their arrival continues daily.
In February alone, Border Police (CBP) intercepted 100,000 illegal immigrants at the southern border of the United States, including 9,457 unaccompanied minors as well as 19,246 people who arrived with their families.
As a result of the pandemic, the number of minor immigrants who arrived alone at the border with Mexico in April 2020 decreased to a low of 741, and has continued to rise since then.
In December, the last month spent entirely under Donald Trump’s presidency, customs services intercepted some 74,000 immigrants, including nearly 5,000 unaccompanied minors.
On January 26, a US federal court blocked the Biden administration’s decision to freeze deportations of illegal immigrants for 100 days.
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