The Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed Xavier Becerra as secretary of Well being and Human Companies.Following the 50 to 49 vote, Beccera mentioned he was "honored and humbled by as we speak's vote within the Senate," including he’s "able to get to work."A majority of Republicans opposed the nomination of Becerra, who was beforehand the lawyer normal of California, with solely GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine becoming a member of the Democrats in confirming him. Becerra, the primary Latino to steer HHS, is moving into the position as political stress on the company intensifies amid an inflow in unaccompanied migrant kids crossing the border. The company is answerable for sheltering and caring for the minors after they’re transferred from border amenities whereas officers discover and vet sponsors to launch the migrants to. It’s a political, logistical and humanitarian problem. HHS just lately upped the variety of beds at its amenities to pre-COVID ranges after approaching capability amid the latest improve in arrivals. The Biden administration is contemplating opening new shelters to accommodate the minors. Incidents of abuse and neglect have been reported within the final a number of years at sure shelters overseen by organizations contracted by HHS. Claire Hansen contributed to this report.