By Bethany Blankley (Center Square)
Despite claims by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, most of those entering the United States illegally are not being deported by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said Brandon Jude Senter, head of the Border Patrol Union.
Myorcas, who traveled to Del Rio, Texas, where about 15,000 Haitian immigrants gathered last week, warned illegal immigrants at a news conference, “If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned, your journey will not be successful, and you It will endanger lives and the lives of your family. ”
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Similarly, the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that the DHS, Border Patrol, ICE and the U.S. Coast Guard are relocating individuals from Del Rio to other processing locations in order to detain, process and deport individuals. .
It added that DHS was securing additional transport to increase speed and increase the capacity of evacuation flights within the next 2 hours to Haiti and other destinations in the hemisphere. But the agency did not confirm how many flights, and how many Haitians were deported.
A few days later, at another news conference in Del Rio on Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, when asked about the Biden administration’s deportation flight plans, said, “They didn’t show the ability to process these immigrants until the end of this week.
The only thing they have shown is the inability to deal with this crisis, obviously, they pretend that it does not exist. And we’re telling you that it exists. ”
The Associated Press reports that Haitians have been released “in very, very large sizes” in recent days, with an official estimating that the number of these releases is in the thousands.
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“The first three [deportation] Flights to Heidi included family units, “said Jude, who was deported. But deportation on a case-by-case basis, he added, is inconsistent.
For example, “If flights focus on sending people to Haiti, flights to Guatemala are canceled and those people are released,” he said. “So, all you are doing is snatching Peter to pay Paul. You are changing resources to handle one segment and you are releasing another segment. Not all people are being sent back from Haiti; Not all people are being expelled under title under2.
A good number of them are actually being released with an NTA (Notice to Appear) or NTR (Notice to Return), “notices related to the immigration court process.
Border Patrol agents make official arrests and transfer individuals to ICE facilities. The ICE then determined that they had been released with an order to reappear in court for a hearing so that they could stay in the United States or be deported.
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Haitians have already been processed and left in the community have been seen boarding buses at the Good Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition in Del Rio. About 50-60 Haitians boarded a large commercial charter bus at a time, and small groups were shuttle to the local bus station in gray minivans.
Brown envelopes in hand, a mix of family and individuals took food, cash and papers with them to help them reach their next destination.
When asked where the bus was going, the first stop was called San Antonio, the final destination in Houston, Center Square. Officials have not confirmed whether the Haitians were flying to another destination or whether San Antonio or Houston was their final destination. This group of Haitians had already been processed by the border patrol and left among the general public.
Meanwhile, a steady stream of people continued to cross the Rio Grande River from the bridge, entering private property in a heavily trafficked area in Vega Verde, where Texas Public Safety Department officials were waiting to detain them and call Border Patrol. Pickup
The Associated Press reports that DHS Haitians live in the cities of El Paso, Laredo and Rio Grande Valley for processing, adding to their flight to Tucson, Arizona.
Border Patrol Jude said about the 200,000 threat, “They’re probably dealing with 120,000 people because sometimes the same person or people are caught more than once. Of these, it’s just 60-68 percent being released. [into the community] With NTA. The vast majority are not being expelled or deported. Most are being released in the United States. ”
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Asked if this ratio applies to Haitians under the Del Rio Bridge, he said, “If we leave, historically speaking, most of the people under the bridge will be released.”
But that number could change depending on which part of the population chooses ICE deportation, he added. The ICE may say that we are going to send back all the Haitians but then we are going to release all the other people from another country. Or we can release the Haitians.
Asked if there was continuity in the process, he replied, “Zero continuity.”
Syndicated with permission from Center Square.