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Average time for unaccompanied children in CBP custody down more than 75%

May 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Migrants are seen in custody at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing area under the Anzalduas International Bridge, Friday, March 19, 2021, in Mission, Texas. A surge of migrants on the Southwest border has the Biden administration on the defensive. The head of Homeland Security acknowledged the severity of the problem Tuesday but insisted it's under control and said he won't revive a Trump-era practice of immediately expelling teens and children. An official says U.S. authorities encountered nearly double the number children traveling alone across the Mexican border in one day this week than on an average day last month. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Unaccompanied migrant children now spend an average of around 24 hours in Border Patrol custody, a Biden administration official said Thursday, down from the more than 100 hours that CNN reported in March.

(CNN)Unaccompanied migrant children now spend an average of around 24 hours in Border Patrol custody, a Biden administration official said Thursday, down from the more than 100 hours that CNN reported in March.

Another official said it is a sign that the Biden administration's efforts have led to a "dramatic turnaround" for the situation of unaccompanied children at the border.

Administration officials also touted progress on reducing the number of children in Customs and Border Protection custody, which has dropped from a high of more than 5,500 at the end of March to between 600 and 750 currently, depending on the day, the first official said.

HHS has also reduced the time it takes to reunify children with sponsors, from about 42 days to 30 days on average, another official said.

Officials also provided an update on the reunifications of families separated at the border under the Trump administration, which were announced by the Department of Homeland Security on Monday and were expected to take place this week.

One woman, who was separated from her children in late 2017 after fleeing Honduras with them, was reunited with them on Tuesday, an administration official said.

Another woman, from Mexico, who was separated from her son in late 2017 was also reunited with her child on Tuesday, the official said.

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