DHS can not account for 50,000 migrants released in 2021

Data released by the Department of Homeland Security shows that more than 50,000 migrants released by the agency with instructions to report to ICE once at their desired U.S. location have failed to do so. The Notice to Report (NTR) process was launched to help the Border Patrol facilitate the overcrowding of detention facilities by 2021.

The federal publication covers the period between March and August 2021. Out of more than 270,000 migrants released by DHS, about 104,000 were placed in the NTR system, which trusts the migrant to voluntarily report to ICE at their intended U.S. destination to begin the deportation process.

That DHS report issued in response to a query from U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) notes that more than 50,000 migrants – more than half of those released during NTRs – failed to make formal contact with ICE.

In an exclusive report from Breitbart Texas, the policy change that relies on the system of honor with self-reporting to ICE came into force in March 2021. Data published by DHS covers only the first six months of the procedure.

Historically, when detention space is tight, a Notice to Appear (NTA) indicates a date and time when a migrant must appear before an immigration judge. The migrant can be ordered removed even in absentia.

Migrants may also be released on probation, which may allow legal employment in the United States. It provides an incentive to stay in touch with ICE to renew the work permit.

According to the Notice to Report, of which 104,000 were issued during the investigation period in 2021, migrants are free to travel within the United States, but must report to the nearest ICE office within 60 days under a fee system. In March 2021, a CBP source told Breitbart Texas that this policy change is likely to result in many migrants failing to report.

Of the migrants who applied to an ICE office, only 16,296 out of 49,859 were issued the required notice to appear, setting a trial date and initiating the removal process. The issuance of Notices to Appear for those who reported accounted for only 15 percent of the migrants who reported to ICE.

Randy Clark
is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served as Head of the Department of Law Enforcement Operations, directing operations for nine border patrol stations in the Del Rio, Texas, sector. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.

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