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Is there a border crisis? It depends who you ask, but it's clear that more migrants are crossing into the US

March 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the US-Mexico border has skyrocketed, resembling trends from early 2019, which marked the beginning of what political leaders on both sides of the aisle described as a major crisis.

But with the number of families rising, the non-profit group has asked Father Snipes and his church, Our Lady of Guadalupe in the neighboring city of Mission, to open up an overflow shelter and help new migrants arriving each night.

The increase in families represents only a part of the rise in migrants crossing the border in recent months.

"Those enormous facilities at the border are not suited for children," said Lee Gelernt, an attorney with the ACLU.

Several of the migrants at the Catholic overflow shelter told CNN they saw children making the journey from Central America on their own and that some would seek protection with families who were traveling.

He said he fears not all the children made the journey safely and that some might have been kidnapped along the way.

"We hope that Governor Abbott will reconsider his decision to reject DHS's agreement with the Texan local authorities that would enable the very testing of migrant families that Governor Abbott says he wants," the spokesperson said.

The Biden administration has said it will not subject unaccompanied children to the policy, resulting in more minors coming into custody.

"We don't want open borders," he said.

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