Timeline for entries tagged “Unaccompanied Children”

A chronology of events related to U.S. border governance and migration

June 30

Six emergency housing facilities in Texas and California are set to close in the coming weeks as the number of unaccompanied children in U.S. custody has begun to slowly decrease. This is a result of efforts made to expedite the process of releasing children to family in the U.S., as well as declining border apprehensions. The number of children held at emergency sites has also decreased. 

Tags: Shelters, Unaccompanied Children

June 21

Testimonials from a court case on Monday revealed inadequate and unlivable conditions for migrant children being held in emergency shelters along the border. The testimonials described overcrowding, spoiled food, a lack of clean clothes, and an absence of mental health resources available for the children, many of whom are struggling with depression, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts. Some children have been held for months in these emergency shelters. Despite the Biden administration’s promises of a more human approach to immigration, many testimonials indicate that they are struggling to provide for these children’s most basic needs.

Tags: Human Rights, Shelters, Unaccompanied Children

May 12, 2021

Arrests and detentions on the US-Mexico border rose slightly during April to 178,622. The number of unaccompanied minors, as well as the number of minors in custody, has dropped slightly.

Tags: CBP, Unaccompanied Children

April 1, 2021

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. 

Tags: CBP, Smuggling, Unaccompanied Children

March 29, 2021

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. 

Tags: Unaccompanied Children

March 26, 2021

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.

Tags: Unaccompanied Children

March 25, 2021

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. 

Tags: Unaccompanied Children

March 19, 2021

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. 

Tags: Unaccompanied Children

March 16, 2021

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.

Tags: Unaccompanied Children