The U.S. government will give shelter to 17 illegal alien children who were available to the law, housed at the Hampton Inn in McAllen, Texas.

In mid-March, when the CCP Virus was rampantly spreading, the U.S. government issued a resolution stating that the entry of any foreign person from abroad into the United States is suspended for public health reasons. 

There were no major problems in controlling the legal circuit of immigrants at airports and ports. But the same did not happen at those borders where illegal entry is predominant, where many people continued to try to enter, despite the risk of contracting or infecting other people with the CCP Virus.

In some cases during the pandemic, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had to detain people trying to enter the United States illegally, it chose to move citizens (in some cases minors) to well-known hotels near the border until they could be deported to their home countries. 

Such is the case of 17 children who had attempted to cross without the company of any adults and were staying in a hotel waiting to be deported. But through an emergency declaration issued on Monday, July 27, the Trump administration announced that they will be sheltered in the United States and sent, for the time being, to a government asylum for children. 

Long-standing Problem

The problem of illegal immigration to the southern United States is a long-standing problem that seems to have no end. It becomes even more dramatic when it involves unaccompanied children who enter illegally every day.

A record of more than 61,000 illegal unaccompanied minors entered the United States in 2018, immigration officials said

Jonathan H. Hayes, the director of the Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement, said that on average, a maximum of 13,700 children have been taken into custody, and a minimum of 11,000.

These numbers support the serious crisis on the southern border with Mexico, despite officials assuring that all children are being adequately cared for. 

According to Hayes, the Border Patrol has invested more than $230 million in humanitarian support, such as consumables, which include food, snacks, baby formula, shampoo, diapers, and other hygiene items; improved medical support; and increased transportation services.