Phoenix

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

Nowhere to go: A fed­eral of­fi­cial said the re­lease this week of hun­dreds of mi­grant fam­i­lies from gov­ern­ment cus­tody marked “the start of a dam break­ing,” as im­mi­grant de­ten­tion cen­ters reach ca­pac­ity. At one site in Ari­zona, hun­dreds of mi­grants seek­ing asy­lum were re­leased with­out warn­ing or in­struc­tions on where to go, how to find rel­a­tives, or how to travel to court hear­ings, NBC News re­ported. Some of the mi­grants have got­ten shel­ter, aid, and even Grey­hound bus tick­ets from lo­cal churches, which were warned by Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment to ex­pect a flood of re­leases. “You’ll start to see this all across the south­ern bor­der soon,” said a Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity of­fi­cial. More than 12,700 par­ents and chil­dren were ap­pre­hended cross­ing the bor­der in Au­gust, triple the num­ber a year ear­lier.

Ari­zona de­ten­tion

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