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Border crisis dims Biden’s 100-day successes

Data: Department of Health and Human Services; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

During his first 100 days, President Biden's successes at times have been overshadowed by news of the record number of migrant minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border — overwhelming government resources.

By the numbers: There's still a record number of migrant children being held in shelters overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, and the administration has had to open 13 emergency shelters since late February, sometimes through big contracts with nonprofit groups.

That said, the administration has successfully moved thousands of children to safer housing and out of Border Patrol facilities, which officials have said are unacceptable for holding minors.

  • At the peak in late March, more than 5,700 migrants under the age of 18 were being held in Border Patrol facilities. Thousands were held beyond the legal 72-hour limit.
  • Now, fewer than 1,200 migrant kids and teens are in Border Patrol custody.

Of note: Axios Sneak Peek is counting down to Biden’s 100th day in office on Friday with data-driven analyses of the administration's accomplishments and challenges each day this week.

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