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20 MAR

CBP releasing some migrants due to overcrowding in detention facilities

by CNN

According to a CBP official speaking on background, 50 people were released Tuesday and 200 people are expected to be released Wednesday. The official calls it a "temporary measure" and says the move is being made "due to limited bed space" and "to mitigate risks to both officer safety and vulnerable populations under these circumstances."Immigration and Customs Enforcement has also released families along the southwest border due to capacity issues and the inability to hold families longer than 20 days. Both the ICE and new CBP policies are in effect a return to "catch and release" policies that the Trump administration has criticized. Individuals are released with a notice to appear in court. The Department Homeland Security has begun returning some asylum seekers who present themselves at ports of entry in California to Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings and has indicated it plans to expand the practice across the southern border. This policy is being challenged in court. The Wall Street Journal first reported the plans to release some migrants with notices to appear in the Rio Grande Valley sector.

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