The U.S. considering sheltering migrant children at the Long Beach Convention Center
The U.S. Government is considering using the Long Beach Convention Center to temporarily sheltered migrants, primarily children, the Long Beach Post reports.
Why it matters:
The Long Beach convention center's proposed alteration comes as the number of border crossings has increased, putting a strain on resources. The Department of Health and Human Services is designing new overflow facilities to house migrant children.
🏟️: The Post showed a photo of two vehicles from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Services were parked outside of the convention center and that federal officials were inside the Arena.
💉: The Long Beach Arena's parking lot has been home to the COVID-19 vaccination site.
There were 5,381 children in Customs and Border Protection custody as of April 2, with 496 being unaccompanied by a guardian. 13,359 children are in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
According to the A.P., the U.S. uses the Dallas convention center as a "decompression center" to house up to 3,000 migrant teenagers, particularly boys ages 15 to 17.
Approximately 476 migrant children arrived at the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday, and another 250 arrived on Monday. At least 69 have tested positive for COVID-19. All were asymptomatic, according to NBC 7 San Diego.
The prolonged detention of migrant children has put President Biden under - pressure to address the crisis. As a result, the administration reinstated a policy that enables certain Central American children to apply for entry to the United States from their home country, per N.Y. Times.
Unaccompanied migrant children are being held by Border Patrol custody longer than the law allows and at facilities not designed to hold children, per CNN.
The big picture:
The Coronavirus pandemic's continuous adverse effects on the global economy combined with natural disasters, the consequences of U.S. foreign policy, and climate change have added more fuel to the current migrant crisis.