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New data shows 21,000 migrant children in government custody, doubling over last two months

Migrant Children
Posted at 9:56 AM, May 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-11 14:38:06-04

The Biden administration is holding tens of thousands of asylum-seeking children in an opaque network of some 200 facilities.

The Associated Press has learned that those facilities are spread across two dozen states and include five shelters with more than 1,000 children packed inside.

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Confidential data obtained by the AP shows that the number of migrant children in government custody has more than doubled in the past two months and that this week the federal government is housing around 21,000 kids, from toddlers to teens.

A facility at U.S. Army post Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, had more than 4,500 children on Monday.

On Tuesday, twenty governors, including Governor Doug Ducey, have called on the White House to end the border crisis.

According to Governor Ducey’s office, the group of governors sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris asking them “to reverse their destructive policies that have created the crisis at the southern border.”