Federal authorities have released more than 1,000 members of the Central American ‘migrant caravan’ on the streets of Texas and New Mexico this week; complying with outdated immigration laws that prohibit the amount of time families can be detained by US officials.
“Ruben Garcia from Annunciation House in El Paso told CBS News that 522 migrants were released Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at sites in El Paso and Las Cruces, New Mexico. That raises the total number of people released this week to more than 1,000, after 186 people were released on Christmas Day and 400 were released in the two days before Christmas,” writes CBS News.
Day three of mass releases by ICE in #ElPaso. On this #Christmas day these three boys are enjoying some sweets. Their parents gave us permission to take their pictures. So far about 160 have been brought here. Waiting on another 40. pic.twitter.com/fAU1Lwo74n
— Claudia Tristán (@ClaudiaKFOX_CBS) December 25, 2018
Another 500 migrants are likely to be released in the region Thursday.
“It should be organized and orderly as it was today,” Garcia added.
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REPORT: More than 500 Members of Migrant Caravan ‘Released’ in Downtown El Paso
Officials with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency released nearly 600 migrants in downtown El Paso over the Christmas holiday; notifying local non-profits and charities of the impending asylum seekers.
“One-hundred-eighty-six more migrants were released in downtown El Paso, Texas by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Christmas Day, reports the CBS affiliate there, KDBC-TV. That came after approximately 400 were released in the southwest Texas city in the two days before Christmas,” writes CBS News.
“They’re coming from immigration cells so they’re coming hungry, they’re coming thirsty, most haven’t bathed in a long time. The situation is really difficult for them,” said the leader of a local charity.
ICE officials released a statement this week claiming the release was intended to comply with federal guidelines that prevent them from detaining families longer than legally permitted.
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WHOOPS! Border Patrol Says BILL DE BLASIO Crossed into Mexico ILLEGALLY
Agents with the United States Border Patrol confirmed Wednesday that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his security detail illegally crossed into Mexico and then back into the United States while visiting the border last month.
According to the Associated Press, the Big Apple mayor violated both Mexican and United States immigration law when he crossed into Mexico on foot while visiting El Paso, Texas.
“De Blasio went to a holding facility for immigrant children but was denied entry. He then went to Mexico and crossed into the U.S. to get a view of the facility. The New York Police Department runs de Blasio’s security detail,” writes the AP.
“According to the letter, a uniformed Border Patrol agent noticed a group on the Rio Grande River flood plain south of the Tornillo, Texas, Port of Entry, taking photos of the holding facility. The agent asked if anyone from Border Patrol or public affairs was there to authorize their presence. A New York Police Department inspector said no, according to the letter, and when the agent asked the group how they arrived, they pointed to Mexico,” adds the Associated Press.
The Mayor is a fierce critic of President Trump’s immigration policies; calling for the total abolishment of ICE earlier this month after the Commander-in-Chief’s executive order ending “family separations.”
Read the full report here.