Since Joe Biden assumed the presidency, his administration has released more than 61,000 illegal migrants who crossed the border during his four months in office and now he relaxed asylum restrictions in the U.S.
New federal data reveal that in the face of a record number of 177,000 migrants, authorities have already released 61,000, while another 42,600 entered undetected.
A report published in The Denver Gazette revealed that “this is the first time an administration has given the green light to release immigrants without telling them when they must appear in court, as previous administrations did during the waves.”
The recent release figures do not include the thousands of unaccompanied children who are also being released and handed over to relatives or caregivers in the United States.
According to Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar, Border Patrol agents are “so overwhelmed” that they began releasing families without issuing them documents that would require them to appear before a judge.
What happens to released illegal migrants?
In normal situations, people apprehended at the border are arrested by the Border Patrol to be processed and their asylum cases analyzed. According to the law, these individuals can be held for up to 20 days in family residential centers monitored by ICE; however, due to the current crisis, there was a procedural delay that forced the authorities to release most of them.
The biggest change now is that families are being released directly by Border Patrol instead of being sent to ICE.
Biden relaxes asylum restrictions in the U.S.
According to the AP news agency, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that it would implement measures to further relax asylum restrictions in the U.S.
According to the news agency, the Biden administration agreed to eventually allow about 250 people per day to enter through the border crossings with Mexico to apply for asylum in the United States.