By N24 Correspondent, WASHINGTON DC:- The number of Central and South American children, who want to cross into the United States from Mexico, has been ever-growing for the past couple of months.
In the beginning of January 2021, 47 children per day wanted to cross into the US, while this number rose to 203 per day in early February and recorded a sharp rise of 321 per day in the last week of February, until the 1st of March 2021.
The US Border Patrol, which revealed the data, referred an average of 321 minors per day to Health and Human Services (HHS), according to Axios.
While not confirming the numbers, HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement further said in a statement to Fox News that it “continues to work aggressively to meet its responsibility, by law, to provide shelter for undocumented children referred to its care by the Department of Homeland Security.”
“HHS will continue to utilize all available options to safely care for the children referred to us. These options include both short-term and long-term solutions,” the statement said.
“In the short-term, we can ensure children don’t spend more time in border patrol facilities than necessary by using influx facilities when additional space is immediately needed. Simultaneously, ORR is committed to aggressively moving toward the long-term goal of acquiring enough state-licensed beds in our care provider network to reduce the need for influx facilities.”
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in the meantime, said that it cannot share the specific number of migrants encountered, outside of the monthly totals, as they are law enforcement sensitive. It also said that numbers have been increasing since April 2020 due to factors including violence, insecurity, and famine in Central American countries, Fox News added.
“We are not saying don’t come. We are saying don’t come now because we will be able to deliver a safe and orderly process for them as quickly as possible,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.