The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is said to be “mass releasing” immigration families from detention centers in an alleged attempt to scare and sway white Republican voters ahead of the November 6 midterm elections.
Rewire.News reports that the Trump administration is “releasing an unusual number of migrants,” while providing little to not warnings to the communities taking the asylum seekers in, in an alleged attempt to whip up more support for Republicans sharing the administration’s anti-immigration sentiments in the upcoming midterm elections.
Fact: In September 2018 alone, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol apprehended more than 16,600 asylum-seeking family members, which is the highest figure in a single month since 2013, the year when the immigration agency began tracking apprehensions and arrivals at the U.S. border.
ICE prepping for an influx of migrant families
Spokespeople for ICE confirmed that the immigration agency has increased the number of releases from family detention centers, adding that the agency is sending local resources to prepare for the imminent arrival of an influx of asylum seekers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the “migrant caravan”.
Providing little to no warning to the communities taking migrant families in, ICE is quietly mass releasing a huge number of families from detention centers. Our Salt Lake City deportation defense attorney at Familia America explained that the Trump administration is preparing for hundreds or thousands of migrant families arriving at the border to seek asylum in the coming weeks.
How the Trump administration is trying to sway white Republican voters
However, federal immigration authorities’ approach to releasing asylum-seeking families from detention centers causes concern among immigration advocates. According to Rewire.News, there have been reports of immigration authorities dumping immigrant families on border city streets and leaving them stranded at bus stations in the middle of the night.
And the worst part is that immigration agencies issue little to no warning to communities taking asylum-seeking families in, which stirs up the anti-immigration sentiment among white Republican voters. “Hundreds of homeless asylum-seeking families wandering on border city streets at night or sleeping at bus stations does not exactly make white Republican voters thrilled,” says our experienced deportation defense attorney in Salt Lake City.
Such actions ahead of the November 6 midterm elections could mean that the Trump administration is trying to scare and sway Republican voters.
Asylum seekers detained for more than 20 days
According to reports, ICE is releasing the migrant families it has detained for at least 20 days, mainly from its two family detention centers in Texas. Also, reports indicate that immigration agencies are currently not detaining immigrants apprehended at the border. Rather, immigration officials opt for quickly processing asylum-seeking families for release.
Typically, parents are required to wear electronic monitoring devices and are given notices to appear in immigration court. As a rule of thumb, immigration authorities hold migrant families apprehended at the U.S. border or who show up at ports of entry in processing centers before getting transferred to ICE detention centers.
Asylum-seeking families held in federal immigration custody are typically subject to prolonged detention even though the Trump administration promised to comply with the terms of the Flores Settlement Agreement, which prohibit detention of children for longer than 20 days.
It has been previously reported that the U.S. government is preparing to deploy as many as 5,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border ahead of the migrant caravan’s arrival in the coming weeks.
If you have been apprehended or detained at the border or served with a notice to appear in court, do not hesitate to speak to a Salt Lake City deportation defense attorney from Familia America. Get a consultation by calling at 801-656-9605 today.