The Biden administration is reportedly opening up yet another temporary housing facility to deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors streaming across the Southwest U.S. border, bringing the total number of emergency shelters for kids to 13 across at least four states.
According to CBS immigration reporter Camilo Montoya-Galvez, the 13th shelter opened Thursday at the Long Beach Convention Center in California and will receive about 100 unaccompanied kids its first day. The facility is in addition to others already opened across Texas, Southern California, Michigan and Pennsylvania, Montoya-Galvez adds. The facility, funded through taxpayer dollars, will reportedly be used to house illegal alien kids until August.
The local government in Long Beach has even launched an online portal for people to learn how they can help the kids, even as tens of thousands of California public school students remain unable to attend in-person learning a full five days a week.
"There's been overwhelming interest from our community to welcome and support the migrant children who will be coming to our city," Mayor Robert Garcia said, per ABC7. "Long Beach will continue to demonstrate compassion to those in need, and our online portal will provide up-to-date information on ways community members can support these efforts."
The Texas Tribune reports that as of early April, the administration is spending roughly $60 million per week to house the more than 16,000 illegal alien kids currently being housed by Health and Human Services and who’ve come across the border unlawfully since President Biden first took office. Roughly 184,000 UACs are expected to cross the Southwest U.S. border this year alone, part of the more than 1 million illegal aliens predicted to cross in 2021, a total that would mark a 20-year record high.
Immigration officials estimate that by September, between 22,000 and 26,000 illegal alien children will cross the border per month and require housing.