Migrant youth describe desperation to leave large shelters
Over a dozen immigrant children have described poor conditions and desperation to get out of emergency facilities set up by the Biden administration to address a record rise in the number of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
The accounts were filed late Monday with a federal court in Los Angeles that oversees a settlement governing custody conditions for migrant children. A 13-year-old girl says she ate only popsicles because the food smelled foul, and a 17-year-old girl says she had to wear the same clothes and underwear for weeks.
The Biden administration says significant improvements have been made, including redoubling efforts to swiftly reunify kids with their families or move them to licensed long-term care facilities.
Meanwhile, The U.S. Homeland Security Department says thousands of asylum-seekers whose claims were dismissed or denied under a Trump administration policy that forced them to wait in Mexico for their court hearings will be allowed to return for another chance at humanitarian protection.
The Associated Press has learned that registration begins Wednesday for asylum-seekers who were subject to the “Remain in Mexico” policy and either had their cases dismissed or denied for failing to appear in court. A senior Homeland Security official says it's unclear how many people will be eligible to be released into the United States. But an official with the International Organization for Migration told the AP that she expected at least 10,000.