Big drop in number of migrant children in CBP custody at Mexico border, White House confirms

Graeme Massie
<p> U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sign is posted outside the U.S. Border Patrol station (R) where lawyers reported that detained migrant children were held unbathed and hungry on June 25, 2019 in Clint, Texas. </p> (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sign is posted outside the U.S. Border Patrol station (R) where lawyers reported that detained migrant children were held unbathed and hungry on June 25, 2019 in Clint, Texas.

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

There has been a big drop in the number of migrant children being held in Customs and Border Protection custody at the Mexican border, the White House confirmed.

The Biden administration says that at the end of April the number of children held at CBP facilities had fall to approximately 600, from more than 5,000 the month before.

And officials say that the average amount of time children spend in CBP custody has been reduced by 75 per cent, from 131 hours at the end of March, to 30 hours at the end of April.