ICE Transports Illegal Immigrants from Texas to Arizona

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly transporting illegal immigrants from Mexico and central America detained in Texas to Arizona.

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants detained as far away as Texas are being released under supervision in Tucson.  But getting to their next destination leaves them on their own.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has said that it does not want to put children in detention centers and it does not want to split up families.  ICE releases those families with the condition that they contact ICE for their next court date once they reach their destination in this country.

But last weekend ICE dropped more people at the downtown Greyhound station than there were seats on the buses.

ICE released this joint statement Wednesday:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Tucson Sector is assisting with the processing of illegal immigrants, many of whom are family units, apprehended in South Texas. Upon completion of processing, CBP is transferring the individuals to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), where appropriate custody determinations will be made in accordance with ICE enforcement priorities.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did not have a formal explanation as to why south Texas detainees are being transferred to Tucson, though one could be available later this week.  One U.S. Border Patrol spokesman said that Texas facilities are overburdened and the Tucson center to which the illegal immigrants are being transported is able to help “process” the immigrants.  

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