Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Border Patrol turns to catch and release after flood of migrants

Border Patrol turns to catch and release after flood of migrants

The other immigrants are quickly released into the interior.

He said the feds had dealt with bigger groups of migrants in the recent past.

They said ICE officers are pulled from duty on terrorism task forces and fugitive operations teams to help out at the border.

"The current crisis that is occurring at the southwest border, the numbers that we collectively as a nation are seeing ... is absolutely unprecedented", said Nathalie R. Asher, acting executive associate director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement's deportation division. More than half of those detained were parents and children.

The number of border apprehensions have been climbing, with the Department of Homeland Security expecting March to be their highest in over ten years.

The number of arrests carried out by ICE agents dropped by 12 percent in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, compared to the same period last fiscal year, according to the latest data from the agency.

Trump won the presidency on a platform of ramping up immigration enforcement and building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border and has fought Congress to declare a national emergency to get the funding for his signature campaign promise.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrest an alleged illegal alien drug mule who they found with six pounds of meth

The ICE union officials said the practice appeared to be a way for the Border Patrol to say it wasn't the agency releasing the illegal immigrants.

Authorities announced earlier this month that Central American migrant caravans have continued as authorities apprehended more than 75,000 illegal aliens at the border in February 2019.

A group of migrants, including children, used an improvised rope to try to scale fencing installed on the beach between Tijuana and San Diego, California - but were forced back with tear gas, which agents had not deployed since January 1.

"We tell them not to book bus tickets at night because we don't have any drivers at night", said Leann Beck, a driver who volunteers to ferry migrants to the bus station and airport for local shelters. "There are students that pay to be here, pay to be here, that need this to be a safe space for them and we have the KKK and their supporters right here at the U of A". Elizabeth Cavazos, a leader of the migrant advocacy group Angry Tias & Abuelas of RGV, said ICE typically releases 300 to 500 migrants a day in McAllen. His identity wasn't released.

Annunciation House's resources in El Paso are stretched so thin it has started to send some migrants to church-run shelters in nearby Las Cruces and farther away to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Davis said. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said this week that border authorities are on track to snare almost 100,000 illegal immigrants in March.

"With this shameful policy, the administration is endangering lives, abandoning its obligation to bring forward smart solutions for our broken immigration system and imposing on another country the task of solving our immigration challenges", said U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas.

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