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Joe Biden’s White House is said to be considering renaming migrant detention facilities so they sound friendlier and not as staid, the Washington Examiner reported Friday.
So that they sound less harsh, administration officials are leaning towards calling them “reception centers” instead, as though they are on par with facilities that welcome Americans traveling from state to state.
The outlet reported:
The name would distinguish the facilities, one of which has been set up in Carrizo Springs, Texas, from existing structures maintained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Health and Human Services’s Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Images of one such Border Patrol facility led to criticism that President Donald Trump held children in “cages.”
Often, other such buildings are called “detention centers” or “holding facilities.”
In particular, one official said, the new name would mark the Biden administration’s intention to use the “reception centers” not for holding people in custody, but for serving as sending-off points for releasing migrants into the United States.
“These facilities are going up, but they’re being utilized differently. The direction is very clear. Release them as fast as possible,” the first source said
“If you can’t receive [migrants] from a Border Patrol station, then release them right there, do it. If that area gets overcrowded, they’re giving instruction to ICE to then bus them further into the interior of the United States,” the source added.
The same source noted that Border Patrol officials are considering erecting tent overflow facilities in Yuma and Tucson, Arizona.
Planning for migrant overflows, the Washington Examiner pointed out, began before Biden took office, meaning his incoming team was well aware he was going to reverse Donald Trump’s strict border enforcement orders that led to the successful “Remain in Mexico” policy and others that dramatically curbed illegal immigration and migrant caravans.
Obviously, the Biden team knew their policies would restart the caravans so they were making plans ahead of taking office to compensate for them.
The same official said Border Patrol is looking at putting up temporary tent facilities as overflow facilities in Yuma, Arizona, and Tucson, Arizona.
Planning for overflow Border Patrol facilities, where all illegal crossers are held before they are transferred to ICE, HHS, or released into the U.S., began before Biden took office as border authorities anticipated more room would be needed as the numbers have increased since last spring.
“We want to emphasize – the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, in general, operates a network of state-licensed residential centers for children, NOT prisons, jails, or detention centers,” HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, which oversees ORR, noted in an email, according to the Washington Examiner. “We will notify state and local officials well in advance of opening this or any other temporary influx care facility.”
Already, Biden administration border and immigration officials project that at least 117,000 unaccompanied minors will arrive at U.S. borders this year alone — a figure that is likely to explode once word spreads in Central America and Mexico that migrants requesting ‘asylum’ will be able to cross and be released into the country somewhere.
As bad as migrant caravans were for a time during the Trump administration, they’re about to get a lot worse.
The only difference now is that the facilities migrants will be held in won’t sound so mean.