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Washington, March 14 : The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it has directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help “safely receive, shelter, and transfer unaccompanied children” detained by authorities while trying to enter the country through the southern border.
The DHS statement on Saturday came amid the recent surge of the number of migrant children detained on the border, which has put pressure on the Joe Biden administration as its immigration policy has come under attack by Republicans, especially those in the southern states directly impacted by the influx, reports Xinhua news agency.
“We are working in partnership with HHS (the Department of Health and Human Services) to address the needs of unaccompanied children,” Secretary of the DHS Alejandro Mayorkas said in the statement.
With the announcement, FEMA will work with HHS to “look at every available option to quickly expand physical capacity for appropriate lodging”, he added.
On Friday, the Biden administration announced the termination of an agreement reached during Donald Trump’s presidency that allowed DHS and HHS to share information on potential sponsors for migrant children with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Ending the Trump-era policy means that a family member or sponsor looking to reunite with an unaccompanied child in the government’s care would not face any immigration enforcement consequences.


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