UPDATED 10:33 AM PT – Friday, February 5, 2021
The Biden administration is reportedly opening a detention facility for minors apprehended at the southern border.
According to reports from federal agents on Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reactivating a facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas that was designed to hold approximately 700 children.
This comes as the number of crossings by minors has reportedly increased significantly since the start of Joe Biden’s term, in turn, leading to an uptick in the number of apprehensions.
The decision also follows months of heavy criticism lobbed by Biden against the Trump administration for what he claimed was the “inhumane” practice of detaining migrant children.
“With the first action today, we’re going to work to undo the moral and national shame of the previous administration that literally, not figuratively, ripped children from the arms of their families and their mothers and fathers at the border,” Biden stated.
According to the HHS, the first group of detained migrant children will be transferred to the Carrizo Springs facility by late February.
CNN: Biden administration putting kids in cages.
Tragically, as a result of the promise of amnesty, more unaccompanied children are being put into the custody of human traffickers and facing horrific abuse. https://t.co/EmcVmZBQjU
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 3, 2021