The Biden administration’s first immigrant detention facility for children opened this week – leading to massive amounts of backlash for President Biden.
The Washington Post reported that the emergency facility was being reopened by Joe Biden just a month into his presidency.
“Government officials say the camp is needed because facilities for migrant children have had to cut capacity by nearly half because of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border has been inching up, with January reporting the highest total — more than 5,700 apprehensions — for that month in recent years,” the Washington Post further reported.
The Post’s report noted that left-wing activists were furious by the decision made by Biden since the facility was previously a source of “protests and controversy.”
“It’s unnecessary, it’s costly, and it goes absolutely against everything [President] Biden promised he was going to do,” Linda Brandmiller, an immigration lawyer, said. “It’s a step backward, is what it is. It’s a huge step backward.”
The Biden administration has roughly 7,000 migrant children current in its custody spread across multiple facilities.
The Post noted that Mark Weber, a spokesperson for the Biden administration’s Department of Health and Human Services, said that the facilities were demonized during the Trump-era because people falsely associated them with detention facilities that are run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which removes criminal illegal aliens from the U.S. and noted that children always received good care under Trump.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was grilled during Tuesday’s press briefing in response to reports of the facilities reopening.
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy pressed Psaki on why the administration was reopening the facility, which was used briefly during the Trump administration, to which Psaki tried to blame the COVID-19 pandemic.
“So it’s a temporary reopening during COVID-19,” she said. “Our intention is very much to close it, but we want to ensure that we can follow COVID protocols, as unaccompanied minors come into the United States.”
“But it’s the same facility that was open for a month in the Trump administration. Summer 2019, that is when Joe Biden said, under Trump, there have been horrifying scenes at the border of kids being kept in cages,” Doocy pressed.
“And Kamala Harris said, basically babies in cages is a human rights abuse being committed by the United States government. So how is this any different than that?”
“We very much feel that way. These are facilities, let me be clear here, one, there’s a pandemic going on,” she said. “I’m sure you’re not suggesting that we have children right next to each other in ways that are not COVID safe, are you?”
“I’m suggesting that Kamala Harris said that this facility, putting people in this facility, was a human rights abuse committed by the United States government and Joe Biden said, under Trump there have been horrifying scenes at the border of kids being kept in cages,” Doocy pressed.
“Now it’s not under Trump, it’s under Biden.”