WASHINGTON (AP) — Border Patrol stations are meant to house migrants temporarily and don't have capacity to hold the volume of people coming. Some stations are already too crowded. As a result, agents began releasing migrants into the U.S. with instructions to appear at an immigration office within 60 days, or face deportation.
Agents were also told to start the releases in any area where holding facilities were at 125% capacity or the average time in custody exceeded 60 hours. They were also to start releases if 7,000 migrants were taken into custody across the entire border in any one day.
That's already happened. Some 10,000 people taken into custody on Tuesday. This could create problems for Biden administration officials trying to crack down on those coming in.
Florida filed a lawsuit claiming the releases violate an earlier court ruling.