About 50,000 migrants who crossed the southern border illegally have now been released in the United States without a court date. Even though they are told to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office instead, just 13% have shown up so far according to reports.
Why it matters: The sizable numbers are a sign of just how overwhelmed some sectors of the U.S.-Mexico border continue to be: A single stretch covering the Rio Grande Valley had 20,000 apprehensions in a week. The figures also show the shortcomings of recent emergency decisions to release migrants.
- It’s unprecedented for agents to release migrants without an official notice to appear in court. Where it has occurred recently, migrants have instead been given a list of addresses and contacts for ICE offices across the country and told to report to one of them.
- The hope has been for migrants to show up at these offices after reaching their final destination, to get work permits.
When we look at the numbers just 6,700 migrants who crossed between mid-March and mid-July last year showed up at ICE offices as of Monday, according to an Axios report.
- 16,000 have not showed up and passed the 60-day reporting window they were given. That’s 2.4 no-shows for every one that has checked in.
- Another roughly 27,000 migrants who crossed and were released during the same time frame have yet to turn up, but remain within the 60-day window for reporting. One DHS official emphasized that nearly 70% of migrants are within the 60-day window or have reported to ICE.
Biden's catch and release policy with illegal immigrants not only compromises the safety of our nation. It undermines the laws of our country. We are a nation of laws and those laws must be respected.— Chris Russell (@ChrisRussellshw) April 30, 2022
The new data come as immigration agents in the Rio Grande Valley highlight an average of thousands of apprehensions made a week, as noted in a tweet by the chief Border Patrol agent for that sector
- The fact that from last year to now it has not let up and the Biden administration has continued its catch and release policy is a probable reason for the continued surge in people attempting to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
- That’s after months of higher-than-normal border crossings, record months for encounters with migrants and more than 1 million apprehensions for the year of 2021.
What they’re saying: “We will always be a nation of borders, and we will enforce our immigration laws in a way that is fair and just. We will continue to work to fortify an orderly immigration system,” the White House said in a fact sheet released Tuesday morning.
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