US President Joe Biden failed his class despite harshly criticizing his predecessor Donald Trump for his anti-immigrant policies. Photographs taken by a Democratic representative of Congress at an immigration center on the US-Mexico border revealed that the children held there were cramped with their families on thin beds and social distancing was impossible. In addition, the camp, which stated that access to soap and food was limited, increased concerns of a possible Covid-19 outbreak. On the other hand, a White House spokesperson said that they are working to improve the situation in immigration camps in the country.
Democrat US President Joe Biden signed 17 decrees on January 20, the first day he took over the Presidential Office, to reverse the policies of former Republican President Donald Trump. Among these decrees was the cutting of funds provided to the wall built on the Mexican border, one of the most controversial issues of the Trump era. Biden also stated that he would prevent the children of immigrants from being kept in camps separate from their families during the Trump era.
However, since Biden took office, there has been a large influx of immigrants on the southern border of the US, including hundreds of unaccompanied minors held in US immigration detention centers. Since January, Biden has ordered refugee children to reunite with their families, but photos taken at an immigration center in the county of Donna, Texas, the country, revealed that the children were being held in extremely unsanitary conditions.
Trump also faced criticism for the conditions in the border facilities where children were present while on duty. However, the facility used during the Trump era is now being reused, and despite concerns about corona virus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has decided to open these facilities with 100 percent capacity.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made a statement at the beginning of the week and stated that the government will build more places in the coming days and weeks to provide more opportunities for immigrants and their children. they can have ”used expressions.
However, Psaki’s remarks came after Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar, representing the state of Texas, shared photos of children lying under foil blankets at the camp in Donna.
The photos, which were taken at the weekend, also revealed that Latin American immigrants were at the bottom, causing concern about Covid-19 outbreaks that could occur due to the lack of social distance and masks.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the two-meter social distance rule to prevent the spread of the corona virus, but it seems impossible to implement it in the refugee camp. Cuellar added that the overcrowded camp was separated by only 8 plastic walls. Human rights activists declared that access to soap and food at the immigration center is not sufficient.
Regarding the photos taken by Cueller, Psaki said, “Of course, these images do not correspond to our purposes. Undoubtedly, these types of places are not suitable for children to stay for a long time. However, it is not in our opinion to separate these children from their families and send them to a different place, ”he said.
It was stated that journalists have not been admitted to the immigration center since Biden took the chair. The lawyer representing the children reported that the camps were cramped. On the other hand, it has been noted that there has been a sharp increase in the number of immigrants waiting at the US-Mexico border in recent months. The US government has announced that it wants to work with Mexico and Guatemala to address the root causes of the problem of widespread poverty and violence in Central America.
Stating that there are special concerns about the increasing number of unaccompanied children coming to the US border gates and their well-being is a priority, Psaki said, “Children who come to our borders, fleeing violence, escaping persecution, fleeing terrible situations are not a crisis. we think it is our responsibility, ”he said.