The increase in the number of migrants is now mainly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The process of seeking asylum in the US can take months or even years, so it leads to a backlog in the US immigration court system.
US officials are restricted by child custody laws for up to 20 days and the government also lacks the family custody space, so many people have been released into the United States. From March 19, more than 75,000 family units were released by border patrol agencies.
However, before being released, the border patrol agency still had to handle families and US officials saying their facilities were overloaded. An American watchdog once reported a “dangerously” crowded situation in a detention facility in El paso, Texas.
In addition, in 2018, at least 6 children were killed after being detained.