Approximately 50,000 immigrants were allowed to enter the United States without being given a court date. They were told to report to an ICE office within 60 days. While about 6,500 have reported, the remaining immigrants have exceeded their time limits without registering.
Situation Could Get Worse
Officials outside of the White House fear that the situation will only get worse. They say that approximately 27,000 immigrants are still within their 60-day window. If the same rate of two people not showing for everyone that appears continues, that will be another 18,000 individuals.
Yet, the White House orders Border Patrol officials to release people into the United States without giving them a court date.
They released 7,300 migrants on Monday in Texas’ Rio Grande sector. U.S. House of Representative Henry Cuellar from Mission, Texas, calls the move unprecedented because only minimal information is collected on each individual before they are allowed to enter the country.
Fox News Contributor Tom Homan, the former acting ICE director, says that he thinks the numbers are vastly underreported. He thinks the number that has been released and told to report to ICE within 60 days is closer to 166,000 individuals.
Part of the problem is overcrowding at facilities operated by the Department of Homeland Security. Homan says that he believes over 1,000 illegal aliens were arrested on July 27 while holding expired notices to appear. That number included over 800 children.
Homan contends that the Border Patrol is currently holding 14,000 in custody for failure to appear. Even if the officially released numbers are correct, that does not even begin to scratch the surface of those who have failed this first step to get their citizenship.