ICE Eyes Mass Migrant Release to Address $700M Shortfall

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“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could release thousands of migrants as it faces running out of money by May.

Four ICE officials told The Washington Post that the agency has drafted plans to release migrants and cut its capacity to hold detainees after the failure of a Senate border bill that would have erased a $700 million budget shortfall.

While the Post reported sources saying the shortfall is $700 million, two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials told NBC News that ICE is forecasting a budget shortfall of more than $500 million unless Congress takes action.”

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“The Democrat mayors of Chicago, New York, and Denver in late December renewed pleas for more federal help and coordination with Texas over the growing number of asylum-seekers arriving in their cities by bus and airplane.

Those cities have not received federal support since last fall.

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Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s busing operation has transported more than 80,000 migrants to Democrat-led cities since last year.

“Cities and communities along the border and in the interior of the United States where migrants are awaiting their immigration court proceedings would suffer,” a DHS spokesperson said.”


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