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The number of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border is growing — and, with it, the anxiety within the Biden administration. This is President Biden’s first real immigration challenge.
Factors like the pandemic, the impact of two recent hurricanes and the perceived lenience of the new administration have combined with longstanding problems like persecution and poverty to create a situation at the border than could become untenable without action.
But have the policies to deal with surge matched the compassion promised on the campaign trail?
Today, the second part of our series on what we’re learning about the Biden presidency.
On today’s episode
In recent months, hundreds of migrant families have been released into the United States by Border Patrol agents. Thousands more are hoping for a chance to enter under looser policies.
President Biden is trying to untangle an interlocking web of Trump-era border restrictions, leading for now to disparate treatment of migrants and rampant confusion.
The Biden administration has said it will shorten the detention of migrant families. Researchers say children can show symptoms of trauma after spending long periods in custody.
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Zolan Kanno-Youngs contributed reporting.
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