Biden administration announces work on immigration system

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the families that remained separated by the Trump administration policy would be allowed to reunite in the U.S. or their country of origin.
3:13 | 03/02/21

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There is also news tonight from the u.s./mexico border. The Biden administration now saying the more than 500 families still separated by the trump administration's zero tolerance policy could be allowed to reunite in the U.S. If they choose and potentially stay here in the U.S. Meantime, the number of unaccompanied minors growing, and tonight, questions about new tents going up. Here's our chi national correspondent Matt Gutman from the border tonight. Reporter: For tens of thousands of asylum seekers like hermenia, cradling the hope that two years of misery in these transit camps might end, tonight, a promise from the Biden administration. We are operating under a broken immigration system and we need to fix it. Reporter: A massive overall of the trump-era administration policy. Chief Alejandro mayorkas saying the families that remain separated by a policy critics labeled a human rights violation would be allowed to reunite in the United States or their country of origin. The Biden administration also pushing back on criticism that it is housing migrant children in the very tent cities Democrats criticized the trump administration for building. It takes time to build out of the depths of cruelty that the administration before us established. Reporter: But quietly, change has been happening. The administration peeling back a program that forced migrants seeking asylum to wait in limbo on the Mexican side of the border. Today, crossing the border, we visited one of those camps in matamoros, Mexico. Beneath these tarps and behind this concertina wire are about 700 people live in this squalid camp, there are some 25,000 like them across the border waiting here two years for their chance to have their cases heard in the U.S. Families like Blanca and Jonathan's. They and the three children they share, the youngest, only a month old, endured nearly two years of camp life. But they crossed into the U.S. Over the weekend. And tonight, the message to migrants like hermenia, hoping to cross into the U.S. Patience. We are not saying "Don't come." We are saying, "Don't come now." Because we will be able to deliver a safe and orderly process to them as quickly as possible. And Matt Gutman with us live from Brownsville, Texas, on the border. Matt, we know president Biden spoke with the Mexican president today about the U.S. Relationship with Mexico. We've seen the moves by the Biden administration, making to overhaul the immigration policy. But you have learned tonight that officials are seeing an increase in illegal border crossings? Reporter: Across the board, David. They are seeing what they are calling a significant spike and the most concerning to them is what you just mentioned, unasxeeed minors crossing. They say that 9,000 children and teens crossed into the U.S. Just in the month of February. They add that right now, in U.S. Custody, there are 12,000 unaccompanied minors. David? All right, Matt Gutman tonight. Matt, thank you. Now, to the deadly storm

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