Despite the fact that in June a judge ordered the administration of President Donald Trump to reunite separated families at the border with their children, the number of arrests of minors continues to rise and has risen to its highest levels until the date.
This is stated this Thursday by The New York Times after a study that showed that since the beginning of the summer the number of minors arrested has increased fivefold. According to documents obtained by the newspaper, in May there were 2,400 children in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This month, the figure has reached the shocking figure of 12,900 minors who remain in various detention centers in the country.
The explosion in the number of arrests was not due to the increase in illegal border crossings, as explained, but to the increase in the number of minors seeking to reach the other side without the accompaniment of their parents.
Most of the detainees come from Central America and have been placed in approximately 100 detention centers, mainly those located along the southern border.
The reports would coincide with a statement issued by DHS where spokesman Tyler Houlton said that "the number of family units on the southern border increased by 38%, 3,500 more, than in July," which is "the highest number recorded in an August”.
Multiple reports have denounced the inhumane conditions in which these minors are living, some of them being housed in electified 32 × 32 foot cages and monitored 24 hours a day, as a result of President Donald Trump's “zero tolerance” policy. It has even been claimed that the government has hired private companies to run makeshift and unregistered detention centers known as "black sites," according to reports by DemocracyNow.org.
This Wednesday, sources reported on expansion plans at a huge detention center in Tornillo, Texas, where huge tents are set up to house even more detained migrants, many of them minors.
The figures are revealed amid scandalous reports that emerged earlier this week that the Trump administration diverted approximately $ 10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) budget to transfer it to the Department of Homeland Security and support activities. of the Immigration and Customs Control Service (ICE).