President Biden met with six so-called dreamers – participants in the program of delayed action on the arrival of children – on Friday to illustrate his reversal from the Trump administration’s immigration policy and to push for a reform bill in Congress.
The meeting is the second such event with DACA recipients in the Oval Office. The last one took place in February 2015 in the presence of President Barack Obama and Mr. Biden, the then Vice President.
The meeting will take place at a time following for the White House. While the flood of migrants to the southern border has subsided in the past few days, the overwhelming number of people who tried to enter the country earlier this year has led federal agencies to find housing for adults and children living in Were taken into custody.
NBC News reported Thursday that minors who immigrated to the country waited on buses parked in a parking lot in Dallas, and in some cases were forced to stay overnight – Eating, sleeping and using the bathroom in the vehicles – while waiting to be sent to relatives or longer-term facilities.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday that the government was investigating the report and that the conditions described were “outrageous”.
“They are unacceptable and do not meet our standard for childcare,” she said.
Mr Biden has urged lawmakers to provide permanent protection for dreamers, migrants who came to the United States as young children.
The half-dozen young people who visited Mr. Biden were selected to represent a cross-section of the DACA attendees.
Esmeralda Tovar-Mora immigrated to Kansas from Mexico at the age of 18 months, married a member of the National Guard, and raised a three-year-old daughter while she was enrolled in nursing school.
Astou Thiane, who was born in Senegal and raised in New York, joined Teach for America, while Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn, who emigrated from Thailand at the age of 9, was the plaintiff in a case designed to uphold the Colonel’s decision Court of Justice carried out DACA protection. The names that were first reported by NBC Newswere confirmed by the White House.