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Tents to house unaccompanied migrant children at the Tornillo-Marcelino Serna Port of Entry on June 18, 2018. Photo: Christ Chavez/Getty Images

More than 4,000 migrant kids are at risk of being held indefinitely in federal government shelters because no relative or family friend has come forward to take custody of them, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) director Jonathan Hayes told CBS in a June interview.

Why it matters: A third of all migrant children in ORR's care are in this situation — an unprecedented number. They're being held in shelters that are nearing capacity and not designed for long-term care.

The Flores Settlement requires that government agencies release children to family members as soon as possible, but that's become more difficult. Immigration experts told CBS that many unauthorized migrant families in the U.S. may be afraid to come forward due to the Trump administration's tough immigration policies and rhetoric.

  • ORR will not release migrant kids to American families who are not related or known by a migrant child's family, as a matter of policy.
  • When they turn 18, many migrant children will be transferred from ORR's child migrant shelters to adult ICE detention centers to await decisions on their immigration cases. But due to long backlogs in immigration courts, some wait months or even years for a decision on their case.

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House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

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The House approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on a 219-212 vote early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate for a possible rewrite before it gets to Biden's desk.

The big picture: The vote was a critical first step for the package, which includes $1,400 cash payments for many Americans, a national vaccination program, ramped-up COVID testing and contact tracing, state and local funding and money to help schools reopen.

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Biden says it's "not the time to relax" after touring vaccination site

President Biden speaking after visiting a FEMA Covid-19 vaccination facility in Houston on Feb. 26. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."

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