The administration of US President Joe Biden is facing a backlash after reports were released that facilities for migrant children previously criticized by Democrats are reopening when they should start being treated. asylum applications in a camp on the Texas-Mexico border.
The camp, which is home to hundreds of asylum seekers mostly from Central America, “has recently been hit hard by extreme weather conditions in northern Mexico. As President Biden continues to rebuild the country’s border management in a way that reflects American values, addressing humanitarian needs in Matamoros has become a priority, ”the US Department of Homeland Security said in a statement.
Some people have lived in the camp for over a year under former President Donald Trump.Stay in Mexico” Politics.
The move comes as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki denied that the Biden administration was putting “children in cages,” a common criticism of Trump’s sweeping immigration policies, at a briefing. press release Tuesday.
The United States is reopening a tent for unaccompanied migrant teenagers in Texas and a shelter in Miami, Florida, both of which have been closed since 2019 as it faces a wave of attempts to cross the southern border by claimants. ‘asylum.
“They are not children kept in cagesPsaki said during the briefing. “It is an installation which has been opened which will follow the same standards as the others [Health and Human Services] In accordance with COVID-19 security protocols.
Referring to the Texas facility, Fox News’ Peter Doocy said that “this is the same facility that was open for a month in the Trump administration” that Democrats denounced.
Doocy recalled Biden’s comments in 2019. “Biden said, ‘Under Trump, there were horrific scenes on the border of children kept in cages.’ And [Vice President] Kamala Harris has said that, fundamentally, caged babies are a human rights violation by the United States government. So how is it different from that? “
As President, I will immediately put in place a meaningful process to review asylum cases. I will free the children from the cages. I will get rid of the private detention centers. It is time we had a president whose actions reflect the values of our country.
– Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 5, 2019
Psaki responded by saying that the Biden administration still believed that the previous administration’s immigration policies were a violation of human rights, but that they were temporary measures taken so as not to deport migrant children while by adhering to the recommendations of health officials on social distancing.
Progressives like Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar have called the move “unfair” and “insensitive”.
Ocasio-Cortez, who protested against another tent installation in Tornillo, Texas, in 2018, tweeted: “It’s not good, it has never been good, it will never be good – no matter what. administration or party.
There are only 2 months in this admin and our busy and unfair immigration system will not transform during that time.
This is why the daring reimagining is so quick.
DHS shouldn’t exist, agencies should be reorganized, ICE should go, ban for-profit detention, create climate refugee status and more.
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 23, 2021
Omar, a refugee herself, tweeted: “Several administrations have made the ruthless choice to lock up thousands of children seeking refuge in the United States of America. As long as we see people seeking a better life as “aliens” rather than human beings, our immigration system will continue to fail us.
Several administrations have made the ruthless choice to lock up thousands of children seeking refuge in the United States of America.
As long as we see people seeking a better life as “outsiders” rather than as human beings, our immigration system will continue to fail us. https://t.co/xE1lmgSnJj
– Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 24, 2021
“We urge the Biden administration to ensure transparency and full accountability for these temporary shelters: independent organizations and lawyers must have access to monitor them, they must be run by responsible non-profit providers, and they must be shut down. as soon as public health permits. The ACLU said in a statement.
Biden signed orders to quash many of Trump’s migration policies and his immigration reform proposal providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented migrants has been met with praise by advocacy organizations.
The DHS said that the registration of asylum seekers from the Matamoros camp will be done “as quickly as possible” and that each individual “will carry out all necessary security checks, as well as testing for COVID-19”.