(TJVNEWS) Thousands of migrant children might face ‘the cages’ after the child-shelter network run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reduced its capacity by 40%, leaving them 93% full, according to a WSJ report.
Once the HHS shelters reach capacity, migrants will be housed in facilities run by the Border Patrol, the infamous facilities with the “cages” which the corporate media used as a visual tool to assail the Trump administration and create a narrative that Trump was heartlessly tossing migrant children in cages.
AP after months of faux outrage, in 2018 finally fact-checked the dramatic images which were circulated online to demonize Trump:
The photos, taken by The Associated Press, were from 2014, during the Obama administration, but were presented by liberal activists as if they showed the effects of Trump’s immigration policy now. Villaraigosa, Favreau and some others deleted their tweets when the mistake was pointed out.
They had linked to a June 2014 online story by The Arizona Republic titled “First peek: Immigrant children flood detention center.” The story featured photos taken by AP’s Ross D. Franklin at a center run by the Customs and Border Protection Agency in Nogales, Arizona. One photo shows two unidentified female detainees sleeping in a holding cell. The caption refers to U.S. efforts to process 47,000 unaccompanied children at the Nogales center and another one in Brownsville, Texas.
‘The cages,’ described by the Wall Street Journal as “stark cells – with just a bench and a toilet – that are designed to hold single adults for a few hours rather than children for days.”
“They’ve seen a very large growth in a very short period of time,” said Mark Greenberg, a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan Washington think tank, who oversaw the shelter network during the Obama administration. “The closer you get to 100% capacity, the harder the system is to manage.”
The Biden administration has a discontinued the practice of sending children back to Mexico or their home countries if they were traveling with an adult who wasn’t a parent. The change is in line with immigration law, which forbids the government from quickly deporting unaccompanied children—defined as any child not traveling with his or her parent. But the change has sent more children to HHS shelters as well.