Approximately 150 minors are expected to arrive at the Long Beach Convention Center on Thursday
Long Beach, California — Federal emergency shelters in California have begun to welcome migrant children from border facilities, and human rights advocates hope this will mean improving the care they receive.
According to reports, about 150 minors are expected to arrive at the Long Beach Convention Center on Thursday, the latest in a series of facilities opened across the country following the surge in the number of unaccompanied immigrant children from an adult at the Mexican border . Ministry of Health and Human Services (HHS, in English abbreviation).
After the border facilities reached full capacity, the agency opened temporary shelters to house children until they could be released, and then handed over to family members who could take care of them in the United States.
Downtown Long Beach plans to accommodate up to 1,000 children. Put books and stuffed animals on the crib. Activists and officials said after visiting the site that the facility also features futsal goals and butterfly decorations on the walls.
These children will have three to four hours of lessons every day and can play outdoors. Mayor Robert Garcia said that they are expected to be released to their families in an average of 7 to 10 days. He added that the federal authorities told him that this place might be an example of how to house asylum as best as possible.
Angelica Salas, the head of the Immigrant Human Rights League, told reporters after the visit: “This is regarded as a place where children can live.”
Currently, more than 200,000 immigrant children are under the custody of the US government, and federal authorities have been working hard to open more such facilities.
As President Joe Biden terminated some strict policies of his predecessor, the government is not prepared to deal with the arrival of unaccompanied children. The Biden administration decided not to expel minors quickly because the administration of former President Donald Trump has been doing it for eight months.
Initially, children were taken to border facilities, which were unable to accommodate them for a long time. They are then transferred to a larger shelter, and social workers assess which family members are suitable to receive them.
The minor then initiates an immigration court to examine whether he is eligible to stay in the United States or whether he must return to his country of origin.