The administration of President Joseph Biden has announced that it will open additional accommodation for migrants, after pictures appeared from a reception center in Texas, which show children being crowded in overcrowded makeshift rooms.
We hope that not everything will end with the announcement and that the only goal is not to announce a change in the policy of the Biden administration in relation to Trump.
The mentioned center in Texas, a kind of tent city in the city of Don on the American-Mexican border, which is run by the state, is supposedly accommodating 1,000 people. The photos that appeared are the first to show the conditions in that accommodation of that type since Biden became president.
Biden lifted some of the restrictions for those entering the United States, which were introduced by his predecessor.
The new administration abolished the policy of returning unaccompanied children from the border, deciding instead to place them with families in the United States.
White House Public Relations Secretary Jen Psaki said that the American government is working on providing additional accommodation for those who will arrive.
"These will be places where children will have access to health care, access to educational resources, as well as legal resources," Psaki said.
She said this after Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, published photos showing children in an accommodation unit in Donna sleeping on thin mattresses on the floor under a foil cover.
The photos, which were allegedly taken over the weekend, also raised concerns about a possible lack of social distancing during the corona virus pandemic.
Cuellar says those housed in the center are divided into eight plastic "capsules" that are overcrowded.
In addition, activists claim that they have not yet been provided with adequate access to food and hygiene.
"These photos show what we have been talking about for a long time, and that is that this kind of accommodation on the borders is not an adequate place for children. These are not places where children should stay longer", Psaki stressed, adding that "the alternative was to send the children back on that dangerous journey, which, in our opinion, would not be a good decision. "
The number of unaccompanied minors at the border has risen sharply in recent months.
Jen Psaki says that the increase in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the American border is of particular concern, and adds that their well-being is a priority.
"Children on our border are fleeing violence, fleeing persecution and terrible situations. We believe that it is our responsibility to approach these circumstances in a humane way and to ensure that they are treated well and that they are placed in safe conditions, "said Psaki.
Since Biden became president, there has been a large influx of newcomers to the southern border of the United States, including hundreds of unaccompanied children housed in immigration reception centers.
Since January, Biden has ordered that the children of migrants who have been separated from their parents be reunited with their families, halted the construction of Trump's border wall, and called for a revision of the legal migration program suspended by the former president.