When migrants are picked up at the border and asylum claims are made, it is common practice for these claims to be processed. From there, the migrant in question is giving a notice to appear at a specific court at the time that is assigned to them. However, the Associated Press had a report back in April that was somewhat alarming.
Due to the sizable surge in border arrivals, the process had changed. They were given the chance to be released into the country’s interior and given instructions to return to an ICE facility within 60 days. At that point, they would be able to be processed. From the AP News piece:
“The Border Patrol began the unusual practice last week in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, which has seen the biggest increase in the number of migrant families and unaccompanied minors crossing the border. Last week, the agency added instructions to report to an ICE office within 60 days to adults’ booking documents…
Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, said it stopped issuing court notices in some cases because preparing even one of the documents often takes hours…
Migrants will be issued notices to appear in court at their 60-day check-ins with ICE, according to a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans have not been made public. It is unclear how widespread the practice has been, but it is very common in Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings.”
The border holding facilities needed to be cleared out as quickly as possible because they were overcrowded. This allowed them to avoid the time-consuming work that is associated with the processing the migrants. As you might have imagined, they are not coming back to the ICE facility within the recommended 60 days. The process is not going well at all, as anyone with a brain and a pulse could have predicted.
These people have already fled and now they are going to be living as illegal aliens for the foreseeable future. The Biden administration was not smart enough to see this coming because they are led by some of the biggest dolts that the free world has ever seen. The Washington Times has more:
“Rep. Henry Cuellar, Texas Democrat, said in mid-April that 15,300 people had been released without notices to appear. A Washington Times source said in early May that the number was 18,000. Mr. Lankford said on May 13 that the number he had been told was 19,000….
Taking Mr. Cuellar’s figure of 15,300 — all of whom are now outside the 60-day check-in window and should have turned up — the 3,446 who did show would be a compliance rate of 23%.
Using Mr. Lankford’s 19,000 figure would put the compliance rate even lower, at 18%.”
Sec. Mayorkas told the Senators something much different when congressional testimony was offered up in May:
“I can get that number to you because we have seen a high rate,” Mr. Mayorkas replied. “I should say that individuals who do not appear are a priority of ours for apprehension in the service of border security.”
Two weeks later, testifying to the Senate Appropriations Committee, he was again prodded on appearance rates and was bullish on how things were playing out.
“The appearance rate thus far, in terms of appearing at an ICE facility to report, has been very, very high, and I would be pleased to provide you with data,” Mr. Mayorkas said.”
ICE could go ahead and track those immigrants down but that is never going to happen on Biden’s watch. He wants everyone to know that he is so much different from Trump. Even if it means allowing illegal immigrants to run wild, he is not going to back away from that gimmick. In fairness, we are actually impressed. It is amazing that he was able to hide the incriminating data from the rest of us for so long.