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Analysis: Inside the border crisis

April 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Young minors lie inside a pod at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in Donna, Texas, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. The minors are housed by the hundreds in eight pods that are about 3,200 square feet in size. Many of the pods had more than 500 children in them. The Biden administration on Tuesday for the first time allowed journalists inside its main detention facility at the border for migrant children, revealing a severely overcrowded tent structure where more than 4,000 kids and families were crammed into pods and the youngest kept in a large play pen with mats on the floor for sleeping.(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills,Pool)

The US is on track to encounter more than 2 million migrants at the US-Mexico border by the end of the fiscal year, according to internal government estimates reviewed by CNN, marking a record high.

(CNN)The US is on track to encounter more than 2 million migrants at the US-Mexico border by the end of the fiscal year, according to internal government estimates reviewed by CNN, marking a record high.

The Vice President and her team are staring down attempts to make her the face of the Biden administration's response to the crisis at the border, a little more than a week after being assigned a role that positions her in the center of one of the administration's most divisive issues.

Key House lawmakers introduced bipartisan legislation that would address repeated funding and resource shortfalls that occur during large upswings in the number of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border.

As the Biden administration scrambles to safely accommodate the record number of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border, the President has garnered criticism from both sides over his handling of the crisis.

As of Wednesday, there were 4,966 children in Customs and Border Protection custody and 13,204 children in Health and Human Services custody, data released by the government shows.

"You have people that are so desperate to enter the United States that they try to run in front of my car on the freeway, which has happened to me twice in the last week," Lopez said.

"I think there was no preparation for the number of children.

"And so, they're either in crowded Border Patrol facilities, which is terrible, or they're going to be in a shelter setting, but in likely non pandemic non-compliant conditions.

I mean, you had a Trump administration that during the last two years, especially of the administration, the border was essentially shut to asylum seekers.

The Biden administration could need at least 34,100 additional beds to keep up with the projected number of unaccompanied kids arriving at the border through September, according to internal government estimates obtained by CNN.

Asked what frustrates her the most when she hears people talk about the border crisis, Lopez said it's the lack of humanity extended to migrants who are just looking for a better life.

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