37 unaccompanied migrant girls staying at the San Diego convention center have tested positive for Covid.
The Biden administration could need as many as 34,100 additional beds to keep up with projected numbers of unaccompanied minors, according to internal documents.
The Biden administration is projecting sustained high numbers of unaccompanied minors, with possibly as many as 26,000 expected in September.
Border Patrol has begun dropping off groups of migrant family units at small Arizona towns in the Sonoran desert without resources to receive them. A total of 54 migrants have been dropped off in Ajo, and dozens more in Gila Bend.
The Biden administration is anticipating increased numbers of unaccompanied minors for April and May. Internal projections indicate between 18,600-22,000 crossings for April and between 21,800- 25,000 for May.
A 9-year-old girl died trying to cross the Rio Grande river into Texas.
Democrats and Republicans both sent delegations to the border this week to tour border facilities and understand conditions on the ground.
President Biden said that he is negotiating with Mexico to take back more families expelled from the United States under Title 42.
The Biden administration has launched an effort to open 16,000 emergency beds to deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors by opening several more influx facilities.
Border Patrol detained 600 families for several days under the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission, Texas. Migrants were held from Saturday to Monday, and were not provided with adequate shelter or medical care.
A US delegation of high-level officials met with the Mexican government to discuss migration and enforcement issues as well as addressing root causes in Central America.
HHS has asked the Pentagon to temporarily house unaccompanied children at Joint Base San Antonio and Fort Bliss, Texas.
The Biden administration announced that VP Kamala Harris will take the lead on immigration issues at the southern border. Her main focus will be working to slow the flow of irregular migration and to improve relationships with Mexico and Northern Triangle countries.
CNN may have aired a staged video of a border crossing, according to border activists and volunteers. In the clip, which aired on March 12th, a coyote can be seen in camouflage and a ski mask making six trips back and forth across the Rio Grande (none of which is standard practice at all).
The Office of Refugee Resettlement has directed shelters to expedite the release of some unaccompanied minors with parents or legal guardians in the U.S. to reduce strained capacity at shelters.
McAllen and Laredo, Texas will begin receiving Remain in Mexico enrollees this week. They will be tested for Covid in Mexico before crossing the border.
Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector were authorized on Saturday to begin releasing migrants from custody before they had been given court dates. Some were given temporary identification, and others were told they would be contacted within 30 days.
Some migrant families will be housed in hotels (after initial Border Patrol processing) managed by nonprofit organizations that will provide testing, medical care, and case managers to assist with relocation.
U.S. border officials are holding 5,000 unaccompanied minors in custody, and many are remaining in Border Patrol custody for longer than the legal limit of 72 hours.
Restrictions of movement across the US- Mexico border have not significantly reduced drug trafficking, according to law enforcement officials from both countries. The restrictions caused a slight drop in drug flows at the beginning of the pandemic, but traffickers have since adjusted and flows have returned to normal levels.