Officials with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency released nearly 600 migrants in downtown El Paso over the Christmas holiday; notifying local non-profits and charities of the impending asylum seekers.
“One-hundred-eighty-six more migrants were released in downtown El Paso, Texas by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Christmas Day, reports the CBS affiliate there, KDBC-TV. That came after approximately 400 were released in the southwest Texas city in the two days before Christmas,” writes CBS News.
Day three of mass releases by ICE in #ElPaso. On this #Christmas day these three boys are enjoying some sweets. Their parents gave us permission to take their pictures. So far about 160 have been brought here. Waiting on another 40. pic.twitter.com/fAU1Lwo74n
— Claudia Tristán (@ClaudiaKFOX_CBS) December 25, 2018
“They’re coming from immigration cells so they’re coming hungry, they’re coming thirsty, most haven’t bathed in a long time. The situation is really difficult for them,” said the leader of a local charity.
ICE officials released a statement this week claiming the release was intended to comply with federal guidelines that prevent them from detaining families longer than legally permitted.
Read the full story at CBS News.