The Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement released hundreds of migrants seeking asylum into El Paso, Texas, just before Christmas - and they're scheduled to several many more on Wednesday. They were released late Sunday evening. "The situation is really hard for them", Dylan Corbett, executive director of Hope Border Institute, said in the CBS4 story. "The Flores Settlement Agreement has created an immigration loophole that rewards parents for bringing their children with them to the United States", Waldman wrote in a statement to CBS News Friday. This collaboration ensures that migrants who have been processed by ICE do not end up on the streets of El Paso, homeless, hungry and without support.
Then, the next day, on Christmas Eve, approximately 60 more were dropped off.
Possibly 200 more immigrants are expected to be released on Christmas Day, said Rep. -elect Veronica Escobar. He said he has been receiving about 2,000 migrants a week.
"Kids who arrived sick getting medical care, families able to have a Christmas meal together", he wrote.
"All of a sudden a bunch of people show up; ICE drops them off", she said.
Katie Waldman, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said the situation in El Paso stems from decisions by "activist judges". Another 500 or so asylum-seekers are expected to be released into the city Wednesday. "We weren't expecting it.
If you would like to help - please donate to migrant shelter Annunciation House", he tweeted, along with a link to the shelter's website. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spent part of Monday assisting migrants in an El Paso park near the bus station. "That's what we do and that's what we're trying to do here".
Dylan Corbett: "The majority of them don't even know that they're not in the hands of the government. We are not given prior notice". The group of undocumented immigrants included some families and small children.
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Later, four buses arrived for people to board and stay warm, he said.
During one of this week's massive releases of migrants in Downtown El Paso, the Herald Post encountered many children who were battling colds or fevers.
"That's on us as a community, that's on us as those people that are very interested in the welfare of these families, of these refuges and people that are interested in human rights", he said.
Normally, ICE reaches out to Garcia and alerts him when a large group is going to be released so he can coordinate their travel to one of the Annunciation House's hospitality centers.
"To mitigate the risk of holding family units past the timeframe allotted to the government, ICE has curtailed reviews of post-release plans from families apprehended along the southwest border", the statement read, according to Fox News. "We are redoubling efforts to work with them and with other local partners so they can attempt to seek other assistance".
Escobar called ICE's action "really alarming". And, she said, the coming hotel crunch will only make the task tougher. The increase represents a 50% increase in population housed by Annunciation House in the El Paso area.
The message came Thursday from Ruben Garcia, the director of El Paso's Annunciation House, a prominent local shelter which has for years taken in migrants seeking refuge in the United States after they are released from federal custody. Quickly ridding themselves of those in their custody is not a solution.