Hundreds Of Unprocessed Migrants Released In Arizona City After Wave Of Illegal Crossings: Report
SOMERTON, AZ - MAY 12: Migrants who have been processed by U.S Border Patrol and have been released from their center, are given assistance from the Regional Center for Border Health to relocate to areas outside of Yuma, on Friday, May 12, 2023 in Somerton, AZ. Roughly 800 migrants were assisted today by the Regional Center for Border Health. Title 42, a pandemic-era policy that allowed border agents to quickly turn back migrants, expires this week. Under a new rule, the U.S. on Thursday will begin denying asylum to migrants who show up at the U.S.-Mexico border without first applying online using the CBP One mobile application or seeking protection in a country they passed through.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Hundreds of migrants who illegally crossed the border have been released in an Arizona border city without being fully processed, according to a new report. 

According to The Daily Mail, hundreds of migrants were released into Yuma, Arizona, on Friday after Mayor Douglas Nicholls reportedly said migrants who were “vetted” but not fully processed would be let out of holding. The outlet reported that 140 people were dropped off at the Yuma Public Safety Training Facility to be brought to Phoenix and another 140 were released at two other sites, including another one in Yuma and one in San Luis. 

“This is decompressing and the federal government is relying on the local and state government to do its job,” said Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines. “It’s another failure of the Biden Administration to manage a problem they created with their open border policy.”

The releases come as a record number of migrants have crossed from Mexico into the U.S., according to Border Patrol. 

“Border Patrol reports a record setting 83,000 migrants crossed our border illegally this week alone. Just to put that number in perspective for you, that is equivalent to a full capacity Dallas Cowboys football stadium crossing our border in a single week,” Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin said.

The record crossings come amid the ending of Title 42, a Trump-administration immigration policy that allowed migrants to be turned back based on COVID concerns. In anticipation of its end, up to 700,000 people, including many from Central America, were waiting at the border for entry. 


Nicholls said on Thursday that those released had received at least processing, saying that none would be criminals. 

“These are people that have been vetted to at least to the point where Border Patrol has issued them notice to appear papers wherever they end up living in the country,” he said. “I ask everyone, all of our citizens to remain calm. There’s not people that have that are convicted of crimes that are being released.”

The Republican mayor called for President Joe Biden to declare a national emergency on the border leading up to the expiration of Title 42. Over 114,000 people have crossed somewhere into the Yuma sector this year, including many single adults. 

Biden, who has faced widespread criticism for his handling of the border, will reportedly spend his weekend at his beach home in Delaware — which is guarded by a taxpayer-funded wall — as immigration officials will be working on to deal with the illegal immigration crisis.

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