The Washington Post has apiece that seeks to show against Republicans complaints in the media….
The US/Mexican border area’s are NOT being overrun with migrants….
The Biden admin has NOT changed the basic Trump pandemic aimed policies there….
There is NO Open Border….
But Biden’s IS seeking to NOT just throw unaccompanied minors back across the border…And?…Local and state agencies and orgaizatiuons are working to accommodate the seasonal increase in children, adults and families….
But many of those who live along the border in Texas say that while there has been a dramatic increase in the number of migrants caught crossing illegally, the border itself has been heavily restricted for nearly a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last March, the Trump administration closed the border to nonessential pedestrian and vehicular traffic from Mexico, halting not just asylum seekers but also Mexicans who regularly crossed international bridges to legally shop, dine and spend money in border communities. Border cities, many of which struggle with high rates of poverty, depend on the fees collected from bridge traffic and have seen their coffers empty with the closures.
In Texas’s Rio Grande Valley — home to 13 international bridges for pedestrians and vehicles — traffic at the crossings is down 50 to 60 percent, representing millions in losses, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and local officials. In Hidalgo County alone, leaders say cross-border commerce represents about a third of its revenue. The same is happening at the 15 other international bridges and border crossings in the state….
Customs and Border Protection is on pace to make more than 130,000 arrests and detentions in March, up from 100,000 a month ago and 34,000 a year ago. There has been a marked increase in the number of migrant children and teenagers arriving without their parents, and the Biden administration has struggled to find space in shelters for them as they await placement with a vetted relative or sponsor….
The vast majority of apprehended adults crossing illegally are expelled within a few hours. Unaccompanied minors and some families with young children who are being allowed to stay in the country are quickly transported to Border Patrol stations and processing centers that are usually hidden from view by fencing, and then to shelters and tent facilities on the edge of town or in desolate areas.
Asylum-seeking families are not overrunning the streets of border cities, officials said. The rare instances when a resident of McAllen, Brownsville, Laredo or other Texas border cities might encounter migrants are at airports, bus stations, shelters or passing through a river-adjacent community.
While the Biden administration has been accused of not planning ahead for the surge of migrants, leaders of communities in the area say they have been preparing for months for the policy changes that shift migration dynamics with each new administration. Local governments and their nongovernment partners work in tandem with federal law enforcement — and often without the guarantee of reimbursement — to temporarily house, clothe, feed and now test for the coronavirus asylum-seeking and migrating families….