Record 3,200 illegal children stuck in Border Patrol custody, kept in cells as “dog kennels” and “ice boxes”

More than 3,200 migrant children were stuck in Border Patrol facilities on Monday, with nearly half held beyond a three-day legal limit, as the Biden administration struggles to respond to the sharp increase in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to government documents obtained by CBS News, nearly 1,400 unaccompanied minors had been held in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) holding facilities for more than three days as of Monday, despite the agency’s legal obligation to transfer these children to shelters operated by the U.S. refugee agency within 72 hours of taking them into custody.

Nearly 170 unaccompanied children stuck in Border Patrol custody are under the age of 13, according to the CBP documents.

On February 21, CBP held just nine unaccompanied children past the three-day limit, according to one document, underscoring how the dwindling bed space at the refugee agency’s shelters has created a massive backlog of minors waiting in facilities that were largely designed to briefly detain adult men.

As of Monday, the Office of Refugee Resettlement had only about 500 beds available near the southern border for the increasing number of migrant children entering U.S custody, according to a document from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which oversees the refugee agency.

A former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said the current number of children in Border Patrol custody is the highest in the agency’s history.

Border Patrol stations, which migrants have dubbed “dog kennels” and “ice boxes,” have cinder-block cells meant to temporarily hold adult migrants. CBP is also holding unaccompanied children in a large “soft-sided” facility in south Texas that has more space and accommodations than Border Patrol stations; though it is designed for short-term custody as well.

The refugee office is currently housing more than 8,100 unaccompanied children as it works to expand its bed capacity, which had been restricted during the pandemic to implement social distancing.

The documents obtained by CBS News illustrate the escalating humanitarian, logistical and political challenges President Biden is facing at the U.S.-Mexico border early on in his presidency. Republicans have blamed Mr. Biden’s policies and rhetoric on immigration for the marked rise in unaccompanied children entering U.S. border custody.

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Crasher K
2 months ago

Where are the masks and social distancing? 

Uncle Chubby
2 months ago

Excuse me!
Those are obviously Trump cages!
How many times does the MSM need to tell you!!!
Only repugnantcants would put poor, downtrodden children in cages!
Demonrats would NEVER do anything like that!

WTF
WTF
2 months ago

Just send Biden personally to fix the issue. He’ll surely sniff it out.

Jessica
2 months ago

They are in cages because a crime was committed. If you are an American and you commit a crime, if you are an adult, you go to jail and if you are a juvenile you go to juvenile detention. If you commit a crime with your kid in tow , they take your kid away.

BUT….if you are an illegal alien, you now have to wait in detention for a couple of days, your kid plays PS5 or Xbox and then you get a free bus ride into the interior of the USA.

Ms Merit
2 months ago

Nothing to see hear folks. Just go to CNN and you’ll find the top 7 news stories are about Meaghan and Prince Harry. 

Kilobase
2 months ago

It’s fine as long they are being detained by a Democratic administration. Its all for the good of the children. Of course Dems are pretty good at detaining children for lots of purposes.

Real Doge
2 months ago

Sound like things are going according to the plan

Vic Multani
2 months ago

Crisis at the border.
Crisis in the Middle East.
It took less than two months.
Let that sink in.

supreme
2 months ago

He needs to send Hunter down there, he’s got a way with kids.

American
2 months ago

The illegal president currently in WH is deliberately destroying our country! Biden is breaking the oath he took!

ipost
2 months ago

nobody cares. Kids in cages only mattered when Orange Man Bad was President.

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