According to a new report, the Biden administration is accepting migrant families with children under the age of 6 because they have nowhere else to go. Local officials say they are dealing with 500 unaccompanied migrants daily. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez joins ‘The News with Shepard Smith’ to discuss. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended the Biden administration’s border policy in a press briefing Wednesday, in the face of growing concern about the conditions that unaccompanied migrant children face in Border Patrol facilities and a lack of media access to those facilities.
“The Border Patrol facilities are not facilities made for children,” Psaki said.
Psaki said implementing the immigration priorities of President Joe Biden, which include not turning away unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border, “requires putting in place more effective and efficient processing at the border.”
“It’s going to take some time,” Psaki said.
Customs and Border Patrol encountered 565 unaccompanied children along the southern border on average per day last week, up from an average of 313 children per day in the prior month, NBC News reported.
Over 4,200 children are being held in overcrowded Border Patrol facilities, with 2,943 of those children being held over the 72-hour legal limit, according to data obtained by NBC News.
Members of the Biden administration have avoided calling the situation at the border a crisis, even as prominent lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have called the record numbers of unaccompanied children a humanitarian crisis.
The White House’s comments come as NBC News reported Wednesday the Biden administration is restricting what Border Patrol can share with media.
Asked at the briefing about press access at Border Patrol facilities, Psaki said: “We remain committed to sharing with all of you data on the number of kids crossing the border, the steps we’re taking, the work we’re doing to open up facilities.”
Psaki said the administration “fully support[s] transparency” and directed members of the press to the Department of Homeland Security for media requests.
The press secretary said Biden saw photos of the Border Patrol facilities when briefed on the situation by administration officials.
On a call with reporters Wednesday, administration officials said they are working to open new facilities for the children, increase emergency intake sites and reduce the time to unify a child with a family member or sponsor.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been directed to help shelter and transfer unaccompanied migrant children at the border, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Saturday.
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