Despite the Biden administration still being adamant that the situation at the border is not a "crisis", crossings have reached near-record levels. Its become so overwhelming that Customs and Border Protection are considering flying migrants to states bordering Canada.
Former President Donald Trump used ICE to fly migrants to other border sectors with the capacity to take them in during the 2019 border surge. Simalarly, CBP has used ICE to move migrants from the overpopulated Rio Grande sector to facilities in El Paso.
Because the surge happened in warmer months, some are worried families will not be provided with the proper attire for the colder climate in states like Michigan, South Dakota, and Montana.
While northern states have fewer resources FEMA announced Thursday that it will be giving $110 million to organizations to provide food and shelter to migrants at the southern border.
The CBP requested plane support from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement after a staggering 1,000 migrant families and unaccompanied minors crossed over the Rio Grande on Friday morning and agents still have another 1,000 that have not been processed.
In February alone the CBP encountered nearly 20,000 migrant families with only 7,915 of them being expelled from the country while most single adult migrants are being denied entry due to a coronavirus health order.
Meanwhile, the backups at CBP are exacerbated by thousands of unaccompanied children being held in custody at different facilities at the border.
Sen. Chris Murphysaid was nearly brought to tears while visiting an overcrowded child migrant facility.
"Just left the border processing facility. 100s of kids packed into big open rooms. In a corner, I fought back tears as a 13 yr old girl sobbbed [sic] uncontrollably explaining thru a translator how terrified she was, having been separated from her grandmother and without her parents," he posted on Twitter.