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Hundreds of illegals released in Phoenix just the beginning, says DHS

Hundreds of illegal aliens have been released in Phoenix as family detention centers reach capacity and there’s no place to put newcomers.

A DHS official told NBC News that the release is the “start of the dam breaking” as a spike in illegal border crossings continues.  The official added, “You’ll start to see this all across the southern border soon.”

The reason, the official said, is the growing number of immigrant families coming to the U.S. seeking asylum.  In August, the latest month for which data is available, more than 12,700 parents and children traveling together were apprehended crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, up from 4,193 in August 2017.

ICE spokeswoman Yasmeen O’Keefe said because of the volume of families presenting themselves along the Arizona border, ICE can no longer review each immigrant’s travel plans prior to release without violating a federal court agreement, known as the Flores settlement, that limits the amount of time children can be detained to 20 days.

“To mitigate that risk, ICE began to curtail such reviews in Arizona beginning Sunday, October 7,” O’Keefe said.

Immediately, churches and nonprofit organizations in Arizona began to feel the effect of that policy. […]

Read the full story from American Thinker

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