ICE Has Released This Many Illegal Immigrants Into America
Stretched to the breaking point, ICE has released more than 160,000 migrants into the United States in less than six months. (The Daily Caller)
“ICE faces resource challenges with regard to the adult population, and it faces additional legal and policy challenges when it comes to enforcing our immigration laws as they relate to family units,” read a prepared statement from ICE’s acting executive associate director Nathalie Asher. “Due to such challenges, since mid-December 2018, ICE has released over 160,000 family unit members into the United States.”
Asher’s statements come on the same day border apprehension numbers were released for April. Altogether, border officials turned back or apprehended 109,144 illegal migrants, marking the second consecutive month during which illegal migrant encounters at the border topped 100,000.
Unable to hold the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants pouring into their facilities every month, immigration officials have no choice but to release family units. The family migrants are mostly released into U.S. towns dotted along the southern border and are instructed to appear before an immigration court and their local Enforcement and Removal Operations field office at a later date.
With 60,000 illegal migrants crossing the border or coming to ports of entry every month and only 2,500 beds in their detention centers, the agency has been pushed well past its limit.