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Taking Action at our Southwest Border (1)

The number of children in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody is 677 as of May 2, 2021, down from a high of 5,767 in late March. 14 sites have been activated with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance since March 13. Over 350 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) caseworkers have been trained and mobilized to help the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) place children with a verified family member.

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Photo of crowded CBP Donna Facility on April 30 beside photos of same facility earlier this year, showing significantly decreased children in custody.

The number of children in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody is 677 as of May 2, 2021, down from a high of 5,767 in late March. 14 sites have been activated with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance since March 13. Over 350 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) caseworkers have been trained and mobilized to help the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) place children with a verified family member.

Quote from Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas: “In March we faced a critical challenge at our border. The men and women of DHS have been working tirelessly over the past several weeks to respond and rebuild. Their efforts have produced dramatic results—results that ensure the safety and security of both the migrants we encounter and the American people.”

DHS has reduced the number of unaccompanied children in CBP custody by 88% since March 28.

Photo of crowded CBP Donna Facility on April 30 beside photos of same facility earlier this year, showing significantly decreased children in custody. (DHS Graphic by Office of Public Affairs/Released)

Date: May 02, 2021
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