Leaked Department of Homeland Security figures reveal 823 unaccompanied migrant children being held in border patrol custody for more than 10 days.
Under federal law, border patrol can detain children for a maximum of 72 hours, but as of March 20th, “3,314 unaccompanied children had been in custody longer, with 2,226 for more than five days and 823 for more than 10 days,” the outlet continues.
President Biden, therefore, is illegally holding these children, and staunch critics of Donald Trump’s immigration policy such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have failed to criticize the move.
The numbers also represent over a fourfold increase from the past week.
“The trend is accelerating. On last Monday, only 185 migrant children were being held in border patrol custody for more than 10 days,” Axios notes.