(USA Features) The Biden administration will begin releasing as many as 400 migrant families into the U.S. per day by June, the Washington Examiner reported Saturday, as the influx of illegal immigrants continues to create crisis conditions on the border.
“The number of individuals enrolled in the ICE Alternatives to Detention program has increased from 50 per day to 200 per day in March 2021,” said an Immigration and Customs Enforcement document seen by the outlet.
“Within 90 days, the enrollment is projected to double to 400 per day. It is because of this unusual and compelling urgency that the Government requires the [emergency family reception sites] to meet the critical mission requirements of housing, feeding, transporting, and providing medical attention to these thousands of asylum-seeking families along the southwest border,” the document notes, according to the Examiner.
According to Border Patrol figures, the number of migrants crossing illegally into the U.S. began to climb after the November election.
By February, the first full month that President Joe Biden was in office, that monthly number had grown to more than 100,000, the Examiner reported. The numbers began to rise because migrants believed that Biden’s asylum policies would be less restrictive than those of former President Donald Trump, according to news reports.
DHS is seeing an increase in irregular migrant flows to the southwest border of the United States, including greater numbers of family units and unaccompanied children,” says the document. “The projected encounters for fiscal year (FY) 2021 are expected to be the highest number observed in over 20 years.”