At overwhelmed U.S. border, ICE now releasing hundreds from detention to comply with ‘Flores’ rule

At overwhelmed U.S. border, ICE now releasing hundreds from detention to comply with ‘Flores’ rule
The 2018 migrant caravan sets off from Mexico's southern border. (Image: Pueblo Sin Fronteras)

[Ed. – Migrant arrivals are way up over last year.  Remember, this is due to the surging U.S. economy and the deteriorating conditions in Central America and Mexico.  Some of it is no doubt due to activists trying to create an unmanageable situation, but systemic conditions are also very real.  Churches are stepping in to handle some of the released migrants.  But a lot of them presumably are heading out on their own.]

Hundreds of migrant families seeking asylum in the U.S. were released from detention in Arizona this week without warning and without instructions on where to go, how to find relatives or travel to their court hearings.

A senior Department of Homeland Security official told NBC News the release is “the start of a dam breaking” as family detention facilities, which now hold thousands of migrants, reach capacity.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are releasing the families from detention en masse without following their usual protocol that ensures immigrants have a means to travel to their court hearing and reunite with potential relatives in the U.S.

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