Transcript for Biden administration addresses immigration concerns
We go to Washington now and the Biden administration grappling with the situation at the border with Mexico. The number of migrants trying to cross into the U.S. Is rising and the government's resources are being pushed to the limit. Cecilia Vega has the latest. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: Yeah, George, good morning to you. Listen, border patrol agents encountered a migrant 78,000 times in January alone. The highest for that month in at least a decade. How the Biden administration tackles this problem has them under fire this morning from both Democrats and Republicans. This morning, the border patrol planning to send more agents to the southern border as an influx of migrants there hope to cross and despite scenes like this, new homeland security secretary Alejandro mayorkas says this is not a crisis. I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing. Reporter: But the reality, the numbers are on the rise. Every day border patrol agents apprehend 200 children crossing without their parents and the thousands of beds in government facilities where those kids would be cared for nearly all taken and now the administration is under fire from some in their own party who say those children are being housed in the very tent cities Democrats criticize the trump administration for using. The Biden white house says they're just trying to keep kids safe while they work to reunite them with family or send them to a foster program as officials work on the position. It takes time to build out of the depths of cruelty that the administration before us established. Reporter: As ABC's Matt Gutman found, the rollback of trump policies is giving asylum seekers like these hope at this border encampment in Mexico. They are just some of the 25,000 migrants that have been waiting, some of them for up to two years, for their chance to have their cases heard in the U.S. Reporter: But even as so many families hope it might now be their turn, the message from the white house, don't cross, not yet anyway. We are not saying don't come. We are saying don't come now because we will be able to deliver safe and orderly process to them as quickly as possible. Reporter: So there is now a task force under way to try to reunite families separated under that controversial trump administration policy. Secretary mayorkas says the Biden administration will allow these families the option of being reunited if they can find them in the United States or their home country. If in the U.S. They are exploring legal options for them to stay. We are talking about 500 children to this day still separated from their families. More than 500. Such a complicated and horrible human problem. Okay, Cecilia, thanks very much.
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