After weeks claiming that all was OK at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Saturday acknowledged that “record numbers” of outsiders are overwhelming U.S. agencies, igniting the department to ask for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Leftist Yamiche Alcindor conceded through a tweet: “DHS: Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has directed FEMA to support a government-wide effort over the next 90 days to safely receive, shelter, and transfer unaccompanied children who make the dangerous journey to the U.S. southwest border.”

“The federal government is responding to the arrival of record numbers of individuals, including unaccompanied children, at the southwest border. Since April 2020, the number of encounters at the border has been rising due to ongoing violence, natural disasters, food insecurity, and poverty in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America,” DHS said.

“The federal government is working around the clock to move unaccompanied children from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) care and to place them with a family member or sponsor until their immigration case is adjudicated.  The risks posed by the spread of COVID-19 have made this mission all the more difficult.”

“I am grateful for the exceptional talent and responsiveness of the FEMA team,” Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.  “I am incredibly proud of the agents of the Border Patrol, who have been working around the clock in difficult circumstances to take care of children temporarily in our care. Yet, as I have said many times, a Border Patrol facility is no place for a child. We are working in partnership with HHS to address the needs of unaccompanied children, which is made only more difficult given the protocols and restrictions required to protect the public health and the health of the children themselves. Our goal is to ensure that unaccompanied children are transferred to HHS as quickly as possible, consistent with legal requirements and in the best interest of the children.”

Mayorkas noted that calling in FEMA is part of a 90-day “government-wide” effort to deal with the spike in illegal aliens at the border, which only began after President Joe Biden’s changed several policies.

Biden, in some of his first actions in office, did away with the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which kept foreigners who attempted to get into the country illegally in Mexico to await hearings.

Instead, Biden has resorted to a “catch-and-release” policy in which illegal aliens are allowed to enter the U.S.

The Daily Wire reported:

Mayorkas said FEMA will be used to get children out of Border Patrol custody more quickly. Under current law, unaccompanied children at the border must be transferred to federal shelters within 72 hours of being apprehended at the border, but the surge has made that difficult.

“FEMA is now integrated and co-located with HHS to look at every available option to quickly expand physical capacity for appropriate lodging. The workforce of DHS, including CBP, the Federal Protective Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and volunteers from across the Department through the DHS Volunteer Force, will help to provide shelter capacity, security, and other support as needed,” Mayorkas said.

It has yet to be seen how long FEMA will stay involved in the situation if they are unable to contain the issue over the course of the next three months.

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