The plan from south of the border appeared for a while to overwhelm the area with new illegal aliens also known as migrants, and force the U.S. Border Patrol to release them into the wild for lack of space.
MCALLEN, Texas — The Border Patrol released 250 migrants here on Tuesday and Wednesday and expects to free hundreds more in coming days because there is no room to hold them.
Normally, the agency would transfer the migrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be “processed” and in many cases placed in detention facilities. But officials said Wednesday that a recent influx of Central American families has led to a severe shortage of space.
Immigrant advocates suggested the releases were intended to sow confusion at the border and further President Donald Trump’s argument that there is a national emergency there.
“They are doing this deliberately so they can release a ton of people at once and create chaos,” said Efren Olivares, an attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, which sent lawyers to the McAllen bus station to monitor developments. “The government is trying to do this.”
For its part, the Border Patrol is sticking to the story that the overcrowding crisis is not manufactured, and is not political, but given the capacity built into the system, there are those who doubt that is the case.
Last week, ICE unions sent a scathing letter to Trump calling for Border Patrol to release migrants directly to clear space.
This week, the Border Patrol began doing just that, with 50 migrants released Tuesday and another 200 released on Wednesday, according to Carlos Diaz, a spokesman for the agency.
All were given notices to appear in court and turned over to Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, which operates a local respite center.
Good luck with getting these people to appear without encouragement from law enforcement.
The frightening aspect of the releases is that even if they are not done all at once, the cumulative effect is that tens of thousands of illegal aliens are released into the United States with no effective way to track them.
This is one of the very reasons why We the People want a wall.