Biden’s Dilemmas, Part 2: Children at the Border

In the second part of our look at the issues the current administration is facing, we examine the president’s response to the growing number of minors at the border.

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March 8, 2021

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.

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Zolan Kanno-Youngs, a homeland security correspondent, based in Washington for The New York Times.

Migrants at a bus station in Brownsville, Texas, last month after being released by Customs and Border Protection. President Biden campaigned on taking a more humane approach at the border.
Credit…Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times

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Zolan Kanno-Youngs contributed reporting.

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