The U.S. Government is planning to use the Downtown Dallas Convention Center to hold up approximately 3000 immigrant teenagers for up to 90 days. This immediate action was taken as the number of immigrants entering the United States has drastically increased in the previous few weeks.
This unprecedented migrant influx has severely affected the border operations. The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will be officially taken over by the US government for the said purpose. The Convnofention Center will serve as a house for teens aged between 15 to 17 years.
The U.S. Health and Human Services department has opened up different facility centers across the country to house immigrant children who cannot be detained by the U.S. Border Patrol for more than three days. The Border Patrol is forced to keep them for a longer period of time due to this unprecedented influx.
A make-shift tent facility has been provided by the Border Patrol near Donna, a small town in the south of Dallas that is currently holding as many as 1000 children and teenagers.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and HHS have taken full responsibility for providing shelter, food, security, cleaning, and medical care to the occupants at the Convention Center.
The sudden surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border has proven to be a real test for the Biden’s Administration. President Biden had pledged to ease up the Trump Administration policies related to immigration. The Border Patrol Forces have reported receiving as many as 400 children every day on average.
The HHS has also announced plans to open another house for the immigrant youth in Midland. The department plans to utilize all its available options to cater to the children’s needs and provide them with safety in a country that is alien to them.
President Biden needs to announce changes in policy as soon as possible to deal with this crisis, otherwise it will overwhelm the authorities. The Biden Administration has already received harsh criticism for failing to address the issue properly.