Nearly 300 unprocessed migrants who recently crossed into the U.S. have been released by officials in the border city of Yuma, Ariz.
It’s the latest example of how overwhelmed Customs and Border Protection facilities are dealing with a surge of arrivals coinciding with the expiration Thursday night of pandemic-era Title 42, which made it harder to enter the country.
Three white buses carrying 141 migrants were spotted Friday pulling into the Yuma Public Safety Training Facility close to the city’s airport and dropping them off near a holding area, the Daily Mail reported. They were expected to then be bused to Phoenix.
It followed similar releases earlier Friday of about 140 people at another Yuma site and at nearby San Luis.
Migrants have been rushing to make it onto U.S. soil, with many being simply being waved into the country for processing and hundreds of illegal border crossers offered amnesty. Border Patrol reported 28,000 people in custody Wednesday, when an order came down from Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz saying to begin releasing swaths of people.
Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls on Thursday warned residents that Border Patrol was planning to release migrants who had not undergone full processing but insisted they had been “vetted” and urged people to stay calm. He insisted the released migrants don’t have criminal records.
“These are people that have been vetted to at least to the point where Border Patrol has issued them notice to appear papers wherever they end up living in the country,’ said the mayor, according to the Daily Mail
“They are to follow up through the judicial process. Unfortunately, that process is years three to seven years to get through that whole process.”
Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines said called the migrant dumps “another failure of the Biden Administration to manage a problem they created with their open border policy.”