Someone at CNN is beginning to give President Joe Biden just a little of the treatment they gave former President Donald Trump for years.
A new report from CNN reporters Priscilla Alvarez and Kaitlan Collins exposes just how bad the border crisis is under Biden.
The number of unaccompanied migrant children in US Border Patrol facilities, which are akin to jail cells and not intended for kids, has reached dramatic highs, according to internal agency documents reviewed by CNN, underscoring the urgent challenge facing the Biden administration.
More than 3,200 unaccompanied migrant children were in Customs and Border Protection custody, according to the documents dated Monday. Of those, around 2,600 were awaiting placement in shelters suitable for minors, but there were just over 500 beds available to accommodate them.
The latest data comes on the heels of a trip to the US-Mexico border by senior administration officials to assess the situation on the ground amid an increasing number of arrests and indicates a rapidly increasing trend of unaccompanied children coming into the US. Less than a week ago, there were around 1,700 children in Border Patrol custody.
Among those who went was Susan Rice, former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser who now heads Biden’s Domestic Policy Council. A source familiar with the visit told CNN Rice was engaged during the visit and, at times, pressed Department of Health and Human Services officials, who run the shelters for unaccompanied migrants, on how they were preparing to respond to the surge and process migrant children more efficiently.
CNN then details hows the Biden administration, in particular, has a massive problem with unaccompanied minors.
The Biden administration is trying to wordsmith their messaging, but it’s clear they are putting “kids in cages.”
The CNN report continued:
The growing number of unaccompanied children has raised alarm bells among officials scrambling to find shelter space to care for kids amid an ongoing pandemic that resulted in some locations keeping some beds unoccupied to comply with health guidelines.
The numbers are overwhelming. To compare, at the peak of the 2019 border crisis — when there were overcrowded facilities and children sleeping on the ground — there were around 2,600 unaccompanied children in Border Patrol custody, a former CBP official told CNN.
“The number of unaccompanied migrant children in US Border Patrol facilities, which are akin to jail cells and not intended for kids, has reached dramatic highs, internal agency documents show, underscoring the urgent challenge facing the Biden admin,” CNN wrote in their tweet sharing the story.
The number of unaccompanied migrant children in US Border Patrol facilities, which are akin to jail cells and not intended for kids, has reached dramatic highs, internal agency documents show, underscoring the urgent challenge facing the Biden admin. https://t.co/PMxDUlMD9t
— CNN (@CNN) March 8, 2021
The CNN report did a solid job of showcasing the crisis that’s unfolding at the border, even noting that it’s worse than what Trump had to deal with in 2019.
Earlier this week, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels slammed Biden for the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that Biden’s reversal of the Trump administration’s policies has caused serious problems.
“It’s, it’s a product of politics within policing. And I’ve always said this, they have no business in our business, in the business of policing what we do on this border in our communities. When President Biden rescinded the emergency order on the southwest border, it stopped resources, and it stopped construction on our border,” Dannels said.
“This administration owns this decision. And what it’s doing is it’s forcing us back to 2019, where we had the largest what I call crime scene in the country to include the largest humanitarian situation going on,” he added.
Dannels added: “This is a crime scene. And this is what we just put together, we had it, we had it under control, this is frustrating. And now it’s going back to 2019. It’s frustrating.”