Posted on April 26, 2021

Amid Border Surge, DHS Planning to Increase Number of Migrants Released into Us

Adam Shaw and Peter Hasson, Fox News, April 23, 2021

In the latest move by the Biden administration to cope with a border crisis that has overwhelmed authorities, the Department of Homeland Security is looking to increase the number of migrants allowed to be released into the U.S. via an alternative to the detention program.

Internal DHS communications reviewed by Fox News show that the department is developing plans to make the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program more efficient, because increasing the number of migrants enrolled in the program is becoming a priority for the department.

The ATD program, which started in 2004, involves varying degrees of supervision for people who are going through immigration proceedings and do not have legal status. {snip}


{snip} But migrants have recently been released without Notices to Appear in court, just notices to appear at their local ICE offices.


While many family units and single adults are being expelled via Title 42 health protections – which allow the U.S. to remove migrants, often within hours, due to the COVID-19 pandemic – Mexico has refused to take family units with tender-age children and the Biden administration is not applying Title 42 to unaccompanied children.

This has led to a number of migrant families being released into the U.S. {snip}