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Biden Must Improve Conditions of Migrant Facilities Faster

Armand Yazdani

Posted on March 28, 2021 22:39

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Biden's response to inadequate conditions and lack of space in migrant facilities will reveal if he truly wants to fulfill his promises from his campaign.

Concern over migrant facilities has mounted as photos have revealed cramped conditions and migrants sleeping fewer than six feet apart. Moreover, many minors remain unaccompanied at borders and journalists haven’t been allowed to access these facilities. If the Biden administration wants to distinguish itself from the Trump administration, it must move to improve conditions of the facilities and allow more journalists entry. 

Conditions of migrants in facilities are insufferable and especially unsuitabe for the minors relegated to those harsh circumstances. The Biden administration revealed a video late March revealing the austere conditions of a migrant facility. The facilities are thronged with people, with unaccompanied minors crammed into enclosures. Many children must sleep on mats, and some on the floor. Although President Biden isn’t continuing former President Donald Trump’s child separation policy, nearly 16,000 migrant children remain unaccompanied in US custody.  In the video, children are seen sleeping with foil blankets and in many cases, fewer than six feet apart, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended distance to avoid spreading COVID-19. Even though the coronavirus has complicated the migration process, the Biden administration must work harder to move migrants into better facilities or improve the conditions of others. 

Access to the facilities for the media must expand to increase transparency. Up until March 23, Biden barred journalists from accessing facilities. And although reporters may now visit the camps, they’re prohibited from speaking with any migrant minors and teams may only bring one camera. Journalists reported children playing sports and in some cases, going to classes, but this only pertained to facilities to which the media was allowed access. The government, however, barred reporters from accessing camps which were overcrowded. In limiting access to all the facilities and regulating coverage, the government is tightly controlling what journalists can reveal to the public, curbing transparency. 

Even though Biden pledged to improve the conditions of migrants during the last presidential campaign, some of the facilities are cramped. Many of the migrants are positioned fewer than six feet apart from each other and reporters are only able to access uncrowded camps under set conditions. The Biden administration must expand media access to the facilities for transparency and improve the conditions of the migrants by honing in on capacity problems as well as offering basic necessities to them. 

 

 

 

Armand Yazdani

Posted on March 28, 2021 22:39

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Source: KOB.com

President Joe Biden addressed the surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday.

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