Influx of Unaccompanied Children at the Southern Border Tests Biden Administration

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A US President Joe Biden campaign flag is seen at a migrants camp where asylum seekers wait for US authorities to allow them to start their migration process outside El Chaparral crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on March 17, 2021.  (GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP via Getty Images)

The number of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. southern border has increased dramatically in recent weeks, overwhelming immigration authorities as well as organizations that house and care for them. The situation is a test for President Joe Biden, who promised a more humane response to immigration than the previous administration. Meanwhile, Republicans such as California Representative Kevin McCarthy criticized the president’s approach as akin to opening the border, a claim many experts refute. We talk about the latest news from the border and the political shifts influencing policy.



Neha Desai, director of immigration, National Center for Youth Law, is co-counsel for Flores in Flores vs. Reno

Cindy Carcamo, immigration reporter, Los Angeles Times

Dianne Solis, immigration and social justice reporter, Dallas Morning News