The number of unaccompanied minors in CBP custody has dropped 45%, from a peak of 5,767 on March 28th down to 3,130 as of April 11th.
U.S. border authorities took 18,890 unaccompanied minors into custody in March, the highest number on record.
There were 435 incidents in the Rio Grande Valley sector of families self-separating after being apprehended crossing together between February 24th and March 23rd, according to Border Patrol.
Two Ecuadorian girls (aged 2 and 5) were dropped over the top of a 14-foot section of the border wall by a smuggler on March 30th. The children were taken to a CBP facility and then to a local hospital.
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.
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.
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.
HHS has asked the Pentagon to temporarily house unaccompanied children at Joint Base San Antonio and Fort Bliss, Texas.
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.
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.
HHS announced that they will not be bringing more unaccompanied minors to an influx facility in Midland, Texas amid reports of high rates of Covid positivity and a lack of fully qualified staff.
The American Red Cross has been asked to support FEMA and ORR in working with unaccompanied minors at the border.
Federal agencies are planning on housing up to 3,000 unaccompanied minors at a convention center in Dallas. FEMA and HHS will be responsible for contracts for food, security, and medical care at the facility.
The Biden administration has directed FEMA to assist in processing unaccompanied minors at the border. The agency will help find shelter space, food, water, and medical care for migrants.
According to several interviews conducted by lawyers at the soft-sided facility in Donna,Texas, unaccompanied children there are being denied showers, phone calls with family members, and time outside.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced at a press briefing that the Biden administration is restarting the Central American Minors program, a policy started under Obama that allows minors in Central America to start the asylum process in their country of origin.
Unaccompanied migrant children are staying in Border Patrol facilities for an average of 107 hours (far more than the legal limit of 72), according to internal documents.
The U.S. government is evaluating whether to house unaccompanied migrant children at Fort Lee, a military base south of Richmond.