The Biden administration has described the border situation as a “challenge” instead of a “crisis,” while blaming the Trump administration for limiting legal asylum options. Republicans have accused the Biden administration of exacerbating the situation by scrapping Trump-era border measures.
A US government-run sheltering facility for illegal migrants crossing the southern border of the United States, in Donna, Texas, has more than doubled in size in recent weeks, Fox News reported on Wednesday
According to the report, authorities are scrambling to find space to accommodate an overwhelming influx of underage people crossing the border, and new photos made by the outlet using drones show the degree to which the migrant facility has expanded since March 23.
According to the outlet, more than 4,000 migrants in detention were seen crammed into “pods,” each containing 500-600 people. Each pod should have a maximum of 32 participants, according to the rules.
Earlier, a number of reporters and lawmakers took pictures of migrants crammed together in overcrowded facilities as officials struggled to process them at the Donna center, which has resulted in some of the most famous photos of the crisis so far.
I visited the southern border and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility in Donna, Texas.
What I saw there was nothing short of a heartbreak.
— Tracey Mann (@RepMann) April 13, 2021
It’s one of the measures taken by the Biden administration to deal with the influx. The Department of Health and Human Services reported earlier this month that an emergency intake center in Donna will be opened to house up to 1,500 adolescents near the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) center.
According to the statement, the additional capacity “is urgently needed to manage the increasing numbers” of migrant children.” The platform is only meant to be temporary.