The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly planning to increase the number of migrants released in the US as the Biden administration struggles to cope with the ongoing wave at the border.
DHS internal communication shows that increasing the number of migrants in the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program is a priority, and the department is pushing for streamlining of the program, Fox news reported on Friday.
The ATD program releases migrants who are illegally present in the US pending status hearings, where they are monitored through measures such as periodic check-ins and GPS anklets.
The expansion of the program may have been inevitable as the government faces a dramatic increase in illegal border crossings, with more than 172,000 encounters in March alone, including a historic number of unaccompanied children.
The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly planning to increase the number of migrants released under the ATD program. Above, migrants enter Texas on Thursday
Border Patrol agents are processing migrants in Texas on Friday. Internal DHS communications indicate that expanding the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program is a priority
Currently, most solo adults are scheduled for quick deportation. But adults who crossbreed with young children, as well as unaccompanied children, are typically allowed to stay in the US
“The Biden administration has made it clear that the border is not open,” a DHS spokesperson said of the expansion of the ATD program.
“Our policy is to deport single adults and families. In situations where individuals cannot be deported, they will be placed in a removal process and a custody decision taken, which could result in an alternative to detention program,” the spokesperson added. .
The Biden administration has gone to great lengths to face the crisis by shipping unaccompanied children to Pennsylvania far from its southern border as Pennsylvania, spending $ 86.9 million to accommodate 1,200 migrants in hotels. house until September.
Republicans blame Biden for the crisis, saying he dismantled Donald Trump’s key immigration rules. Democrats say Biden has inherited a broken system, including brutal policies he’s trying to fix.
Migrants seeking asylum will be detained and sent to receive treatment in La Joya, Texas earlier this month. The government is facing a dramatic increase in the number of illegal border crossings
A mother and child sleep in a crib at the Kiki Romero Sports Complex after being deported from the US in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Wednesday.
In March, US Customs and Border Protection released data showing that they had encountered the greatest number of unaccompanied children in history crossing the southern border.
Many were funneled to shelters that had a lot of overcapacity, with children sleeping on mats just inches apart and hallways being claimed to keep space.
DHS called for help from other federal agencies, including NASA, and asked their staff to volunteer to shelter some of these children to ease the pressure on the shelters.
On Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris, the White House ‘Tsar’, traveled to New Hampshire to visit local businesses and promote Biden’s infrastructure plan.
Harris has insisted that she will travel to Guatemala and Mexico in the coming month, but has shown no interest in visiting the border wall or migrant reception facilities.
The White House has insisted that its role is to try to identify the “root causes” of migration, such as economic strife and violence that motivate people to try to reach America.
Migrants housed in a hotel in Arizona are seen on board a bus, ostensibly to catch flights. Some can be deported and others can be enrolled in the ATD program
The hotel, seen with its plates covered, is one of seven immigration and customs enforcement agencies it took over as part of a $ 86.9 million effort to house 1,200 migrants through September.
DailyMail.com unveiled new video and images Friday of groups of migrants taken from an Arizona Holiday Inn that has been converted into a shelter and are being dropped off at an airport.
The images provided by Rep. Andy Biggs, a Republican from Arizona, shared with DailyMail.com, reportedly depicts children and adults who recently crossed the border and boarded the bus at the hotel in Chandler on their way to flights.
The hotel is one of seven immigration and customs enforcement officers who took over $ 86.9 million up to September to house 1,200 migrants to relieve overcrowded detention facilities.
It is not clear where they are getting the flights from, but many have not been expelled from the US and are awaiting immigration procedures.
Some of these migrants are sent home, while others are placed in the ATD program.