Biden is on his heels amid a migrant surge at Mexico border, and other top stories in general news from March 21, 2021.
The Biden administration appears to be ramping up its efforts to expel migrant families caught crossing into the US outside designated entry points as the government continues to face growing scrutiny over the situation unfolding at the southern border.
According to Reuters, the administration has begun expelling migrants to Mexico far from where they were initially caught crossing the border in an effort to get around one Mexican state’s refusal to accept the return of migrant families with younger children.
It comes as the Biden administration is reportedly considering a six-month contract to house hundreds of families in hotels in Texas and Arizona in response to a rise in arrivals at the US border.
As President Joe Biden contends with the situation at the border, his administration is celebrating having swept past its goal of administering 100 million coronavirus vaccine doses within his first 100 days in office.
As of Saturday, the CDC reported that at least 121 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine had been administered, with the government passing its goal roughly six weeks ahead of schedule.
Biden admin to spend $86m on hotel rooms to house migrant families, reports says
The Biden administration has reportedly awarded an $86 million contract for hotel rooms near the Mexican border to be used as housing for migrant families.
According to Axios, the government has signed on to a six-month contract for the hotel housing, but that could be extended.
The hotels will be near high-traffic border areas, including Texas and Arizona, the news outlet reported.
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Chantal Da Silva21 March 2021 10:23
Biden administration ramps up family expulsions amid rise in arrivals at border
The Biden administration has reportedly started expelling migrant families to parts of Mexico far from where they were initially caught crossing the US border in an effort to circumvent one Mexican state’s policy against accepting the return of families with younger children.
Citing witnesses and immigration officials, Reuters said the government had begun stepping up its efforts to expel families, including by transporting some to different parts of the US for removal to get around a new policy from the Mexican state of Tamaulipas blocking the return of families with young kids.
Gloria Chavez, the US Border Patrol chief for the El Paso Sector, told the press agency that the El Paso sector had been receiving families from the Rio Grande Valley since early March.
She said the government’s priority was to expel the families to Mexico, but said the country could only take in a limited number of families from the area each day.
It comes as the Biden administration continues to face scrutiny over an increase in arrivals at the US border, with GOP detractors blaming the government’s decision to end hardline immigration policies introduced under former President Donald Trump for the rise.
Chantal Da Silva21 March 2021 09:52
Biden to announce next vaccine goal
President Joe Biden is expected to announce his next vaccination goal this upcoming week.
Speaking on Thursday, the president noted that his administration would be meeting its goal to administer 100 million shots of the Covid-19 vaccine well ahead of its 100-day goal.
As of Saturday, the US had seen at least 121 million shots administered, according to the CDC.
Mr Biden suggested he does not plan to slow the pace of the vaccination programme, however, with the US leader asserting that “we need millions more to get vaccinated”.
“We’re going to beat this. We’re way ahead of schedule, but we’ve got a long way to go,” he said.
The president said he would outline his administration’s next target for vaccinations in the coming days.
“We will not stop until we beat this pandemic. Next week, I will announce our next goal to put shots in arms,” he said.
Chantal Da Silva21 March 2021 09:17
Biden administration surges past vaccine goal
President Joe Biden’s administration has surged past its goal of seeing at least 100 million coronavirus vaccine doses administered within his first 100 days in office.
According to the CDC, more than 79 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with more than 43 million people fully vaccinated.
Chantal Da Silva21 March 2021 09:00
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