Alejandro Mayorkas says the southern border is closed just days after the House passes immigration bill providing paths to citizenship. So, what just happened?
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas defended the Biden administration's response to a rise in the number of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the southern border in a series of interviews Sunday.
"The border is closed," Mayorkas declared on NBC News' "Meet the Press." The secretary noted that the administration was "expelling families. We are expelling single adults. And we've made a decision that we will not expel young, vulnerable children."
Since November, unaccompanied migrant children have been allowed to enter the United States and be assigned a deportation hearing where they can seek legal status. The Trump administration was required to carry out that process after a judge ruled the provision necessary, a policy the Biden administration decided to continue.
In the first weeks of the new administration, there has been an increase in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S-Mexico border. Many of the children are fleeing instability and violence in Central American countries. Most are placed in border patrol custody, which has been largely overwhelmed by the steady rise in arrivals.
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