More than 13,000 unaccompanied migrant children in US custody: report

More than 13,000 unaccompanied migrant children in US custody: report
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More than 13,000 undocumented minors who traveled to the U.S. without a parent or guardian are currently being held in federal custody, CBS News reported Wednesday.

Many children are being kept in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody longer than the legally allowed 72 hours, according to the report, while thousands are kept in cramped conditions with poor access to hygiene and other amenities.

The Hill has reached out to the Departments of Homeland Security as well as the Department Health and Human Services (HHS) for comment.


"The Border Patrol facilities have become crowded with children and the 72-hour timeframe for the transfer of children from the Border Patrol to HHS is not always met. HHS has not had the capacity to intake the number of unaccompanied children we have been encountering," said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasBiden expanding program for allowing young Central Americans into US US expanding work permits, deportation relief for crime victims Democrats press ICE, DHS to not re-detain migrants released during pandemic MORE in a lengthy statement Tuesday.

"We have ended the prior administration’s practice of expelling them," he added, referring to undocumented children arriving without a parent at ages as low as six or seven.

The Biden administration is coming under increasing pressure from both Republicans and Democrats urging the president to secure the border, as well as left-leaning activists calling on the administration to shut down detention camps where undocumented minors and others are held.

Top House Republicans during a stop in Texas on Monday called on President BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE to visit the border amid what both parties are calling a “humanitarian crisis.”  

Several GOP senators are set to lead a delegation to the border next week in an apparent move to step up the pressure Biden faces on the issue.