Thursday, September 22, 2022

Biden Administration Has Admitted One Million Migrants to Await Hearings; Audit: 29% of Border Migrants Failed to Show Up for Check-Ins

Kirsten Luce for The New York Times
Biden Administration Has Admitted One Million Migrants to Await Hearings:
At a modest hotel a few miles from the ocean here, most of the rooms have been occupied this summer by families from African countries seeking asylum — 192 adults and 119 children in all.
They are among the more than one million undocumented immigrants who have been allowed into the country temporarily after crossing the border during President Biden’s tenure, part of a record-breaking cascade of irregular migration around the world.
Distinct from the hundreds of thousands who have entered the country undetected during Mr. Biden’s term, many of the one million are hoping for asylum — a long shot — and will have to wait seven years on average before a decision on their case is reached because of the nation’s clogged immigration system.
The hotel in South Portland is among a handful in the region, in addition to Portland’s family shelter, that are offering temporary housing for hundreds of new immigrants. Maine is unusual in that it allows asylum seekers to receive financial support for rent and other expenses, in part through its General Assistance program. But the challenge has been steep; in May, officials in Portland announced that the city could no longer guarantee shelter for newly arrived asylum seekers because emergency housing was at capacity.
“The community is growing so big that the word is traveling that we are helping,” said Mike Guthrie, the director of Portland’s family shelter. “So more people are coming.” --->READ MORE HERE
AP Photo/Gregory Bull
29% of border migrants failed to show up for check-ins:
Nearly a third of illegal immigrants released during the early months of the Biden migrant surge last year failed to show up for required check-ins, according to a new inspector general’s report that said Homeland Security is having a tough time tracking all the people it’s setting free.
Officials blamed the sheer crush of people rushing the border, saying they were sacrificing record-keeping accuracy for the sake of speed in processing people.
The dangers of that approach, though, are that officials can cut corners in cases of vulnerable migrants, such as children.
The inspector general said border authorities didn’t always record the names of family members who were accompanying children, making reunification more difficult later on.
It’s the same problem that plagued the Trump administration in 2019, when the “zero tolerance” border policy led to thousands of children being separated and unable to be reunited with parents.
Despite the passage of two years and promises of improvements, the inspector general found the government still lacks a dedicated system to track the children’s movements from Homeland Security to the Health and Human Services Department, forcing officials to rely on emails. --->READ MORE HERE
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