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Migrants freed without court notice — sometimes no paperwork

Migrants wait for transportation at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas, on...
Migrants wait for transportation at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas, on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021. U.S. authorities are releasing migrant families at the border without notices to appear in immigration court, and sometimes without any paperwork at all. A spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, a union that represents Border Patrol agents, said it was done to cut processing time at overwhelmed holding facilities. He said it takes an hour to 90 minutes to prepare one notice to appear in court.(Dario Lopez-Mills | AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 4:48 PM CDT
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MISSION, Texas (AP) — Overwhelmed and underprepared, U.S. authorities are releasing migrant families on the Mexican border without notices to appear in immigration court or sometimes without any paperwork at all.

U.S. immigration authorities say court notices often take hours to prepare and describe the move as a way to save time.

The rapid releases ease pressure on the Border Patrol and its badly overcrowded holding facilities but shift work to Immigration and Customs and Enforcement, which enforces immigration laws within the United States.

Migrants are now being told to report to ICE within 60 days.

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