Thousands of Migrants Released Into US Despite White House Pledge to Deport

Headline Roundup September 22nd, 2021

Thousands of unauthorized migrants congregated at a makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas are reportedly being released into the United States, despite the Biden administration's pledge to deport people who cross the border illegally. An Associated Press (Center bias) report quoted an anonymous U.S. official who said migrants at the camp, who are mostly Haitian, have been released in recent days on a “very, very large scale.” The official also said many released migrants were given notices to appear at an immigration office within 60 days. Another anonymous official told AP that large numbers of migrants were being processed under immigration laws rather than being put on deportation flights to Haiti. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said during an appearance in Del Rio Monday that "if you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned."

Reports across the spectrum highlighted criticism of the Biden administration's handling of the situation. Those criticisms were covered more prominently by right-rated news outlets, who often framed President Joe Biden's job on immigration as a major failure. Sources on left, right and center have also covered reports of migrants revolting or attacking Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents during the apprehension and deportation process. Some reports from left- and center-rated sources focused on how many migrants were likely relieved by their release and looking forward to starting a new life in the U.S.

From the Left
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The Department of Homeland Security is releasing some Haitians into the United States, despite repeated claims that they would be immediately expelled from the US, as the Biden administration scrambles to address the massive migrant encampment under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas.

While it's unclear how many are being allowed into the US, the release of at least some migrants into the US was expected, though DHS officials have emphasized in recent public statements that most migrants would be expelled or put in expedited removal proceedings.

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From the Left
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Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said, undercutting the Biden administration’s public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion.

Haitians have been freed on a “very, very large scale” in recent days, according to one U.S. official who put the figure in the thousands. The official, who has direct knowledge of operations, was not authorized to discuss the matter Tuesday and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Many have been released with notices to appear at...

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From the Right
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Thousands of Haitian migrants who were camping out at the small Texas border town of Del Rio have been released into the US, a new report said — even as the Biden administration has warned that those who cross into the country illegally will be sent back home.

In recent days, Haitians have been freed on “a very, very large scale” and given notices to appear at an immigration office within 60 days, a US official told the Associated Press.

Another US official who spoke to AP corroborated the release of a large...

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