The ongoing immigration crisis might not be receiving the level of media attention that it garnered last month, but make no mistake, the situation at the U.S.–Mexico border is still bad — and it’s getting worse by the day.
That was proven yet again on Thursday when Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) accused President Joe Biden and his administration of playing a “shell game” with the media when it comes to the border, alleging that unaccompanied migrant children are being purposely moved around between facilities to make conditions there seem better than they actually are, as TheBlaze reports.
While most high-profile Democrats will bend over backward to protect the new president from negative coverage, Cuellar, a Democrat representing a border district, has gone on record several times criticizing the current administration’s handling of the border crisis.
Presumably, it’s because Cuellar is seeing first-hand the impact that the crisis is having on the very communities that he represents. Multiple reports have emerged over the past several months indicating that the influx of immigrants, including minors, is wreaking havoc on the available resources in the community as the Biden administration simply sets them free into the country to fend for themselves.
“What they’re doing now is they’re moving the kids from the border patrol tents over to, next door, to the HHS [Health and Human Services] facility,” Cueller told NBC Nightly News on Thursday, according to TheBlaze. “With all due respect, it’s all been a shell game.”
Cuellar’s “shell game” accusation was a new level of criticism for the Biden White House. Adding to that, his stunning claim seemed to pan out, with NBC News later revealing that the numbers that they were provided by HHS and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) corroborated Cuellar’s claims.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration, including the president himself, continues to downplay the notion that there’s a “crisis” at the border, even suggesting that the recent numbers are the result of nothing more than seasonal spikes.
What brought this on?
Cuellar’s criticism of the current crisis came after DHS released a series of photos last week that appeared to show a clean, seemingly empty holding facility in Donna, Texas — a facility that drew intense criticism earlier this year after photos emerged that showed it grossly overcrowded and filthy.
After the latest photo release, a DHS official said that the new pictures “demonstrate the tremendous progress that DHS and its partners have made to safely and efficiently transfer these children out of [Customs and Border Patrol] custody and into the care of HHS,” but didn’t elaborate on where exactly the unaccompanied minors were transferred to.
While the Biden administration seems to be trying its hardest to make it appear that there’s no “crisis,” the numbers predicted for the remainder of 2021 tell a completely different — and exceedingly grim — story.
NBC News indicated in their report that a record-setting 160,000 unaccompanied minors are expected to flood across the southern U.S. border in 2021 alone.
There’s still no clear indication of where those minors will be housed and how they will be cared for while awaiting their final destinations — not to mention how much it might cost taxpayers. But for now, it doesn’t seem like that’s on Biden’s priority list.