The Biden Administration is increasing the size of migrant processing centers along the southern border, indicating that the immigration problem is not going away anytime soon. The news uncovered internal papers describing the agency’s intentions to build three permanent processing facilities for up to 1,000 migrants at a time. A temporary US Border Patrol processing facility in Yuma, Arizona, will be expanded and permanent.
More than 75,000 migrants were apprehended across the border in January, up 6% from the previous month. The Biden Administration has not indicated reducing the number of unlawful border crossers.
A top Department of Homeland Security official said, “Border Patrol functioning as processing dummies is the new normal.” “Enforcement and border protection are now secondary,” the person claimed, alluding to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers on the Mexican border using agents as human guinea pigs.
According to the document, the decision was taken after researching migrant surge trends. The aforementioned industries have witnessed some of the most incredible levels of migration in the country. According to CBP, replacing temporary facilities was made because of financial concerns.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are minimal signs of a slowing in the number of persons attempting to enter the US-Mexico border. “The work has not become any easier over the previous few months, and it was very, very difficult throughout 2021,” Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said. “He understands that apprehending families and children is not what you joined up for,” he explained.
Furthermore, Republican lawmakers and current and former DHS officials have chastised the Biden Administration for diverting Border Patrol officers to processing centers. In June, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio claimed that officers preoccupied with lengthy processing procedures allow cartels to “transport enormous amounts of illicit drugs, such as fentanyl, into the United States.” Compared to the same period in 2017, the United States had more than 1.6 million arrests and more than two million interactions with migrants last year.