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Biden Admin Opens Second Child Migrant Facility In Carrizo Springs Amid Escalating Crisis

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The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it is opening a second facility to process child migrants in Carrizo Springs, Texas — the latest move by the administration to cope with a surge in migrant numbers at the border.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) said that the facility, known as Carrizo Springs II, will accommodate 500 unaccompanied children (UACs) in hard-sided structures.

“Additional semi-permanent [soft-sided] capacity may be added if necessary, though ORR will always prioritize placing children in hard-sided structures over semi-permanent structures,” an ORR spokesperson said.

The opening of the first Carrizo Springs facility had been announced in early February, but numbers of unaccompanied children, and migrants at the border more broadly, have dramatically increased since then.

The agency said it has approximately 13,500 beds, but additional beds are needed “to manage both enhanced COVID-19 mitigation strategies and the increasing numbers of UC referrals from DHS.”

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