BREAKING: ICE releases over 1,000 migrants onto streets in Texas and New Mexico this week
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 522 migrants in New Mexico and Texas on Wednesday evening – bringing the total number of asylum seekers dropped off by the agency this week to more than 1,000.
ICE dropped off 186 people on Christmas Day and 400 in the two days preceding the holiday, according to CBS News.
The article goes on to state the following:
The migrants were dropped off at locations in El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico.
El Paso straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, while Las Cruces is just 45 miles north of El Paso.
Earlier this week, ICE, without warning, dropped off the migrants at a Greyhound bus station in El Paso, Texas – leaving them with no food, money, or shelter.
But on Wednesday local charitable groups were more prepared to absorb the released migrants and immediately take them off the streets for placement into temporary shelters, Ruben Garcia told the El Paso Times.
Fox News also reported on the releases, and provided the following information:
After a similar release Sunday, ICE blamed “decades of inaction by Congress” for limiting its ability to remove families who are in the U.S. illegally.
“To mitigate the risk of holding family units past the timeframe allotted to the government, ICE has curtailed reviews of post-release plans from families apprehended along the southwest border,” the statement read. “ICE continues to work with local and state officials and NGO partners in the area so they are prepared to provide assistance with transportation or other services.”
Garcia said he has been working with ICE in recent months to coordinate drop-offs and shelter placement for incoming migrants. He said he has been receiving about 2,000 migrants a week.
Garcia runs the Annunciation House, a homeless and refugee shelter in El Paso.
Earlier this month, Customs and Border Protection had tweeted that, due to the influx of Central American family units pouring in, “the processing system at CBP and our partner agencies has hit capacity.”
With the influx of Central American family units arriving at US ports of entry without proper documentation and crossing US borders illegally, the processing system at CBP and our partner agencies has hit capacity. https://t.co/iu8PZ9dFyi
— CBP (@CBP) December 18, 2018
This past year, CBP experienced a 121% increase in the number of asylum seekers processed at US ports of entry, and overall CBP processed almost 93,000 claims of fear in FY18. CBP processes undocumented persons as expeditiously as possible. https://t.co/iu8PZ9dFyi
— CBP (@CBP) December 18, 2018
Today @AHouseElPaso is expected to have a presser regarding the mass migrant releases this week. We’ve had about 1,100 immigrants released this week alone in #ElPaso starting Sunday. #Immigration Here is an update from our story last night: https://t.co/SOS1Q3yO6w
— Claudia Tristán (@ClaudiaKFOX_CBS) December 27, 2018
More expected today https://t.co/bRTwzijpJf
— News12NJ (@News12NJ) December 26, 2018
How is this keeping the country safe? Why are illegals being released into the united states to never be seen again? Where is the assimilation, love for the country they illegally breaking into. You are over DHS, you have final say
— Glenn C (@youlostliberals) December 27, 2018
ICE releases more migrants. More than one thousand in a matter of days. https://t.co/1OJM0fahfp
— KVIA ABC-7 News (@abc7breaking) December 27, 2018
ICE has dumped over 1000 illegals in Texas and New Mexico this week: https://t.co/JFmG1FRiHq
— Bosco Bolt (@BoscoBolt) December 27, 2018
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