According to a new report, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could double the number of migrant children it serves at a Texas military base as the administration continues to tackle the crisis of thousands of unaccompanied border children.
Axios reports that HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra told the Hispanic Congress that he was prepared to double capacity for migrants in Fort Bliss, where there are currently about 5,000 migrants, as he appears to be closing temporary shelters elsewhere.
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The media reports that migrant activists have expressed concern about this plan because they say it is more difficult to care for larger numbers of children in the same space.
HHS did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News, but a spokesman told Axios that Fort Bliss was not ready and could temporarily and safely accommodate more children (if necessary) as we work to unify children with parents and sponsors. “
The Biden administration was initially overwhelmed by a historic number of unaccompanied children crossing the border, a figure that fell slightly in April from a record high in March. Fort Bliss was one of the places adopted for migrant children, as the administration struggled to open new places to house them.
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The administration has chosen not to withdraw unaccompanied children under Title 42 health protections, as it does with single adults and some migrant families. Instead, the administration has focused on reducing the number of children at border patrol facilities and instead relocating them to HHS facilities.
This has meant that the number of migrants at HHS facilities has gone from 11,000 in March to more than 22,000 earlier this month. In recent days it has dropped from 20,000, as the administration unites them with adult sponsors.
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The administration pays for adult sponsors to come and pick up the sponsoring children and teens or the children’s costs to get to their destination.
The administration has hailed the clean-up of border patrol facilities as a success, but has also acknowledged that a significant number of children are still crossing the border. Republican lawmakers, meanwhile, have complained about the migration of migrants to their states without their knowledge.