ICE 'Lost' 47,000 Illegal Border Crossers Released into U.S Interior in 2021
Homeland Security data shows illegal aliens disappeared after release by Biden admin
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has "lost" track of over 47,000 illegal border crossers after they were released into the Unites States interior last year, new Homeland Security data shows.
The illegal immigrants disappeared into the U.S. after failing to report to an ICE office between March and August of 2021 as requested.
Under Joe Biden's administration, illegal border crossers are issued Notices to Report and released into the U.S. while their "asylum" claims are processed.
The notice asks them to report to an ICE office within 60 days.
The Biden admin started using such notices “in March as a result of a dramatic spike in migrant apprehensions at the southern border in the initial days of the administration,” according to Fox News.
Biden’s administration scrapped the previous Notices to Appear (NTA) process which gave migrants specific dates and times for their immigration hearing.
The Department of Homeland Security disclosed in a letter to Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) that that of 104,171 Notices to Report issued to migrants, 47,705 failed to report within the allotted timeframe between March and August.
Johnson had requested the information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Oct. 19, 2021.
In his letter accompanying the data, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas states, “DHS is committed to ensuring a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system.
“It is important that we continue working together during these unprecedented times as we strive to keep the country safe and secure.”
Border authorities released more than 273,300 illegal aliens into the United States from January through August 2021.
ICE transported more than 37,000 by bus from the border to larger transportation hubs such as San Antonio or Phoenix and provided domestic flights for 51,750 individuals.
Between March 21 and Dec. 5, 2021, ICE issued 50,683 notices to appear at local offices for illegal immigrants who had been issued a notice to report after apprehension at the border.
"For over 40,000 of those cases, ICE does not have data on what immigration court is overseeing these cases, despite the fact that ICE acts as the prosecutor in deportation proceedings,” Johnson states in a press release.
The number of illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol during 2021 reached historic highs.
The figures broke records in several metrics, including the total number (1.7 million), the number of unaccompanied children, and the number of illegal aliens from countries other than Mexico or the northern triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador.