Family immigration detention centers could be at capacity within days: report

Family immigration detention centers could be at capacity within days: report
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Family immigration detention centers in the U.S. could be at capacity within days, NBC News reported Wednesday.

The report comes hours after President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE signed an executive order reversing his administration's  widely condemned policy that separated migrant families crossing into the U.S. illegally at the southern border.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement-run centers have a capacity of 3,335 beds. Meanwhile, 420 parents and children are crossing the southern border in family groups on a daily basis, according to data obtained by NBC News.

Given those figures, the centers would be full within eight days. That period could be shorter if beds in those facilities are already occupied.


The report does not state whether other immigration centers could be converted into family centers or other resources that could be used to house detained immigrant families together.

Earlier this year, the Trump administration implemented its "zero tolerance" policy, seeking to deter future illegal immigration by "aggressively" prosecuting migrants who crossed into the U.S. illegally. The practice led to the separation of more than 2,000 migrant children from their families.

The policy received widespread backlash on both sides of the aisle, prompting Trump to sign an executive order ending the practice of separating immigrant families.

The fate of immigrant children separated from their families remains unclear: An Administration for Children and Families (ACF) spokesman said earlier Wednesday that there would be no special effort to reunite the children with their families.

But another spokesperson for the same agency walked back those comments later Wednesday, saying it was “very early” after Trump signed the order. "…[W]e are awaiting further guidance on the matter," the official said.

The Texas Observer reported Tuesday that more than a dozen immigrant youth shelters in Texas had received permission to operate over capacity in recent months.