A new report has revealed that the Trump administration has deported more than 2,000 unaccompanied minors since March.
According to The Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump’s administration has deported more than 2,000 unaccompanied children since March, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
The deportations have come as part of Trump’s immigration response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He declared the pandemic a national emergency earlier this year, and has used that authority to maintain stricter policies at the border, such as turning people away without allowing them to apply for asylum, the AP reported.
The United States, Mexico, and Canada have all agreed to close down America’s borders to non-essential traffic amid the pandemic, leading to a massive reduction in illegal border crossings.
“In close collaboration, the US, Mexico, and Canada have each agreed to extend restrictions on non-essential travel across their shared borders for 30 additional days,” Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said in an April statement.
The Trump administration triggered lawsuits when they extended this program indefinitely in May of 2020.