The Biden administration has officially reopened a temporary housing facility for migrant children along the U.S.-Mexico border that was heavily scrutinized during the presidency of Donald Trump.
Calling it a necessary evil of encountering the overflow of illegal immigrants to the country, a Biden spokesperson said that the facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, is being reactivated despite previous condemnations that the center put "kids in cages."
CNN reporter Priscilla Alvarez noticed the similarity between what President Biden's team is doing and what his predecessor was roundly criticized for doing.
"While [Biden] administration officials have condemned Trump's actions, they're still relying on them as they sort out next steps," she said in a recent report.
The move has angered several progressive immigration activists and lawyers who say there is now no distinction between the practices deemed "abusive" under Trump and the ones being employed by the succeeding administration.
"When I read they were opening again, I cried," said San Antonio activist Rosey Abuabara. "I consoled myself with the fact that it was considered the Cadillac of [migrant child] centers, but I don't have any hope that Biden is going to make it better."
Linda Brandmiller, a Texas attorney representing unaccompanied minors at the border, condemned the administration for taking a "huge step backward." Calling it expensive and unnecessary, Brandmiller pointed out, "it goes absolutely against everything Biden promised he was going to do."