Biden is on his heels amid a migrant crisis at Mexico border

Biden is on his heels amid a migrant surge at Mexico border
FILE - In this Friday, March 19, 2021, photo migrants are seen in custody at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing area under the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission, Texas. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Somehow, they did not see it coming. But the new migrant crisis forced Biden administration to scratch their heads.

Within weeks after taking office in January, the new administration had reversed many of the most maligned immigration policies of previous Trump administration, including deporting children seeking asylum in the US who arrived alone at the US-Mexico border and forcing them to wait in Mexico as they made their case to stay in the US.

While the new Biden administration was working on immigration policy legislation to address long-term problems on the issue, it did not have an on-the-ground plan and eye to manage a migrant crisis. Career immigration officials had warned that there could be a surge in immigration after Joe Biden won in the last presidential election the news that the Trump administration’s policies, widely viewed as cruel, were being reversed.

Now the US officials are scrambling to build up capacity to care for some 14 thousands migrants now in federal custody and the Biden administration finds itself on its heels in the face of criticism that authorities should have been better prepared to deal with a predictable predicament.

Former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and chief of Border Patrol Ronald Vitiello, who has served in Democratic and Republican administrations, said: “They should have forecasted for space (for young migrants) more quickly. And I think in hindsight, maybe they should have waited until they had additional shelter space before they changed the policies.”

The migrant situation at the southern border is complex.

Since Biden’s inauguration in January 20th this year, the United States has seen a dramatic spike in the number of people encountered by border officials.

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