By Solange Reyner
Sunday, 21 March 2021
Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector have started releasing illegal immigrants into the U.S. without a court date because there is no space to hold them due to a surge in crossings.
Fox News, citing multiple border patrol agents, first reported on the releases. A senior source with Customs and Border Protection told the news outlet that immigrants were being registered into the system with biometrical data at a temporary outdoor processing site, forgoing the hours-long paperwork process to issue a Notice to Appear in court because the crisis has “become so dire that [Border Patrol] has no choice but to release people nearly immediately after apprehension” due to space restrictions.
Former President Donald Trump in a statement released Sunday slammed the Biden administration and called for an investigation into the “huge cover-up.”
“We proudly handed the Biden Administration the most secure border in history,” Trump said. “All they had to do was keep this smooth-running system on autopilot. Instead, in the span of just a few weeks, the Biden administration has turned a national triumph into a national disaster. They are in way over their heads and taking on water fast.”
Trump also called the performance of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Sunday TV shows, “a national disgrace” and said his gag order on border agents and ICE officers should be “the subject of an immediate congressional investigation.”
Mayorkas said Sunday that the Biden administration has been expelling adults and families arriving at the U.S. southern border, but that children that are “young, vulnerable” would not be turned away.
But he failed to give a timeline for when the Biden administration would open facilities capable of handling the surge of children at the border.
CBP has over 5,000 unaccompanied children in custody, according to documents obtained by CNN.
“We established three new facilities last week. … We are working on the system from beginning to end. We are working around the clock 24/7,” Mayorkas told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” when pressed on the administration’s timeline. “We have dealt with surges in the past and the men and women of Department of Homeland Security will succeed.”
The Biden administration is taking heat for restricting access to the border crisis, with CNN and Fox News calling Mayorkas out for the media blackout.
“He promised transparency … but has come up short so far,” said CNN Pamela Brown.
“Sounds like an excuse,” Fox host Chris Wallace said when Mayorkas said DHS was “working on providing footage.”