Report: Only Small Fraction of Released Immigrants Report to ICE

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(TheConservativeNews.org) – The government has addressed the persistent crisis at our southwest border with various measures. For example, unaccompanied minors are initially held in detention centers (often for far longer than the maximum 72 hours set out by law). Undocumented adults are usually placed in detention centers too, but because of the sheer volume of attempted crossings lately, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have simply had to release thousands of them into the US.

Upon release, CBP tells migrants they must appear in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in the United States within 60 days. However, according to a new Axios report, many of them are simply ignoring this directive.

Records indicate just 13% (6,700) of the 50,000 migrants who have entered the US in this way so far in 2021, have presented themselves at an ICE facility within the allotted timeframe. A further 16,000 have allowed the deadline to pass without appearing, making them official “no-shows,” while another 27,000 have yet to appear but have time left in their 60-day window to do so.

A White House fact sheet released on July 27, stresses that the United States remains a “nation of borders.” Also, a DHS spokesperson told Axios that anyone who does not present themselves to ICE within the specified timeframe might be “subject to removal.” However, with the border crisis only getting worse, these kinds of statements are starting to sound hollow.

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