Seven out of ten illegal alien families apprehended at the Mexican border apparently never show up for their appointments with federal immigration agents.
As a condition of their release by Homeland Security, these families are supposed to report to authorities within 15 days.
One pundit has described the current situation as catch, release, and disappear.
As The Inquistir previously reported, although unaccompanied minors from Central America have received the most focus, a five-fold increase of family units illegally entering the U.S. from the Rio Grande area has also occurred during the unprecedented border surge according to Border Patrol statistics.
An ICE official revealed the aforementioned 70 percent no-show rate for follow-up appointments during a confidential meeting with a federal immigration working group, the audio for which was obtained by the Associated Press.
“On the recording obtained by the AP, the government did not specify the total number of families released into the U.S. since October. Since only a few hundred families have already been returned to their home countries and limited U.S. detention facilities can house only about 1,200 family members, the 70 percent figure suggests the government released roughly 41,000 members of immigrant families who subsequently failed to appear at federal immigration offices. The official, who was not identified by name on the recording obtained by the AP, also said final deportation had been ordered for at least 860 people traveling in families caught at the border since May but only 14 people had reported as ordered. Overall about 25 percent of immigrants facing deportation do not show up for court hearings, according to court data maintained by the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. The Homeland Security Department did not dispute the authenticity of the recording.”
In June, based on Capitol Hill sources, the Washington Examiner claimed that 90 percent of primarily teenage illegal immigrants won’t appear for their immigration court hearings, “meaning at least 135,000 of the youths will simply vanish into the country this year alone.”
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Border Patrol agent Hector Garza from the Laredo, Texas, sector claimed in a CNN interview that the federal government is ‘aiding and abetting and facilitating’ human trafficking that is being ‘orchestrated’ by drug cartels. He noted that many of these immigrants immediately surrender to the Border Patrol because they know they will get a free pass into the U.S.
A separate account from AP has indicated that deportations have decreased by 20 percent from last year and could hit a seven-year low. Moreover, a report published at Breitbart News suggests that the Obama administration will no longer prosecute first-time illegal immigrants.
Several border sheriffs and one congressman among others have warned that lax security at the southern border also provides an opportunity for ISIS to infiltrate America.
In 2012, President Obama, without obtaining the approval of Congress, suspended the deportation of about one million illegals under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Illegal immigrants covered by DACA will soon be able to enlist in the U.S. military under a new Department of Defense policy.