Border CHAOS: Hundreds of migrants are dumped in Texas city after detention centers become overrun and emergency medical checks are ordered for ALL detained kids as 8-year-old boy dies in custody

Wednesday, December 26, 2018
By Paul Martin

ICE dropped off 100 migrants in downtown El Paso on Christmas Day
Over the weekend, 200 migrants were dropped off by ICE at a nearby bus station
An additional 500 migrants are expected to be dropped by ICE this week
Migrants left on the street with no food or money as temperatures were in 40s
ICE has been releasing migrants along border for weeks due to overcapacity
But agency usually coordinates with local groups to arrange orderly handover
Local officials criticized ICE for not alerting them about the mass drop-off
Two children have died in the custody of U.S. border authorities this month
On Christmas, it was announced that an eight-year-old Guatemalan boy died
The same day, a seven-year-old girl who died December 8 was laid to rest
In wake of latest death, authorities have ordered medical check-ups on all migrant children in U.S. custody

26 December 2018

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) suddenly dropped off about 130 Central American migrants on Christmas Day at an El Paso bus station with no food, shelter, or money – with hundreds more to come.

City officials were left scrambling on Tuesday to provide a place to stay for the migrants, most of whom were planning to travel to another destination so they could stay with a sponsor while the government reviews requests for asylum.

The news came on the same day U.S. Customs and Border Protection ordered medical checks on every child in its custody after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died, marking the second death of an immigrant child in the agency’s care this month.

Earlier on Tuesday, Jakelin Caal, a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala who died after she and her father were arrested after crossing the border, was laid to rest in her native village of San Antonio Secortez.

The deaths of young migrant children has sparked outrage over the administration’s policies toward asylum seekers.

ICE has been releasing migrants from detention centers for weeks due to overcapacity, according to Texas Monthly.

The released migrants, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, were found by asylum officers to have a credible fear of persecution if they were to be repatriated.

So they have been permitted to stay in the U.S. while pursuing the uphill legal battle of obtaining asylum.

ICE usually has coordinated with local groups, charities, and nonprofits to arrange the orderly handover of migrants so that they could be housed in shelters.

But the agency gave no explanation as to why it dumped scores of migrants on the streets of El Paso without any food or shelter in 40-degree weather.

Generous Good Samaritans have stepped up and provided food to the migrants while local groups have arranged for temporarily shelter.

Because of the government shut down, ICE would not comment.

‘All of ICE’s public affairs officers are out of the office for the duration of the government shutdown,’ the agency said.

‘We are unable to respond to media queries during this period because we are prohibited by law from working.’

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