MADRID, 23 (EUROPA PRESS)
The United States received 122,000 unaccompanied migrant minors in 2021, a year in which the wave of child migration has put the Administration of US President Joe Biden in check, representing a record number since the arrival in 2019. to the country of 69,000 minors who traveled without their parents.
“The program faced an unprecedented challenge at the beginning of this year,” a senior official at the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that deals with unaccompanied children.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement has reported that this number is a new record since last year, when nearly 69,000 unaccompanied minors arrived in the United States. They have also warned that in 2022 the number could increase, so that the US authorities would already be preparing several emergency facilities in the states of New Mexico and North Carolina.
Arrivals at the border of unaccompanied children have declined since the summer, but last month saw the processing of nearly 14,000 migrant minors traveling without their parents, the highest November count in history, according to CBS News. .
“As child welfare professionals with combined decades of experience working with (unaccompanied children), we, the supervisors of field staff (from the Office of Refugee Resettlement), have become increasingly alarmed by the erosion of focused approaches in child welfare within the UC program, “several officials from the institution reported to CNN in early December.
In addition, they said that “the most basic security procedures” to integrate minors were being ignored and that the facilities “functioned as disaster camps,” according to the US network.
Just weeks after President Biden took office, the shelters run by this HHS office reached full capacity in an unprecedented wave of migration that has collapsed facilities, forcing convention centers and military facilities to house the growing number of children crossing the border.