US border patrol sends immigrants to office without notice

NEW YORK (AP) — When Wilfredo Molina arrived in the United States from his native Venezuela, he told border agents he wanted to go to Miami but had no address. I guided him to what I thought was a shelter, but it turned out to be a gray office building.

“It was a fake building. I didn’t understand what it was,” he said.

Molina, one of 13 immigrants who recently arrived in the United States, shares with the Associated Press the documents she received when she was released from U.S. custody while seeking asylum across the border with Mexico. I agree. AP found that most people have no idea where they are going.

Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the border patrol, did not respond to repeated inquiries about the families and individuals interviewed and the addresses assigned to them.

But Snafus suggests a pattern of Border Patrol agents, especially in Texas, sending immigrants in the United States without friends or family to unannounced offices. Often there is no space to accommodate migrants. However, these addresses are on your immigration documents, so important notices may be sent there later.

“We believe the Border Patrol is trying to demonstrate the chaos we’re experiencing at our borders with inland cities,” said Dennis Chan, executive director of the Colorado Housing Protection Network. You just have to adjust it accordingly.”

Addresses in the documents shown to AP included administrative offices of Catholic charities in New York and San Antonio. Church in El Paso, Texas. Private home in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. A group that runs a homeless shelter in Salt Lake City.

Venezuelan families who came to the American Red Cross Denver administration office were referred to multiple shelters before anyone volunteered to take them in. For.

A surge in immigration from Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua has resulted in much illegal travel. Highest level ever recorded in the fiscal year. In the 12 months to September 30, immigration was suspended his 2.38 million times, a 37% increase from his 1.73 million the year before, and for the first time he exceeded 2 million.

Year-end numbers reflect worsening economic and political conditions in some countries, the relative strength of the US economy, and uneven enforcement of Trump-era asylum restrictions.

Many will be immediately deported under the Asylum Restrictions, a public health order known as Title 42 that denies people the opportunity to seek asylum on the grounds that it prevents the spread of COVID-19.

But others, including those from Cuba and Nicaragua with whom the United States has strained relations, have been released after being notified to appear in immigration courts or under humanitarian parole. These immigrants must tell their agent where to live, but many cannot provide an address.

“At the border, officials seem to simply look up the address of the non-profit, or look up the name, and write it down without actually checking if the person mentioned it. A bed or Is there a place of refuge or a place where legal assistance can be provided,” said Lauren Wyatt, an attorney at Catholic Charity in New York. “Obviously, this is not the most effective way to do this.”

Most of the immigrants interviewed in New York hopped on taxpayer-funded buses that the state of Texas and the city of El Paso regularly deliver to cities in the Northeast.

Republican governors Ron DeSantis of Florida, Greg Abbott of Texas, and Doug Ducey of Arizona also sent border-released immigrants to Democratic strongholds such as Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. They have been criticized Do not notify local government officials the plan. Republican He says it highlights problems with President Joe Biden’s immigration policy.

The Biden administration recently decided to accept up to 24,000 Venezuelans at US airports if they applied for asylum online with their funders, similar to how Ukrainians have been accepted since the Russian invasion. Agreed. Mexico said bring back venezuelans A person who has crossed the border into the United States and has been deported under Title 42 authority.

Yacy Hernandez, a Venezuelan who arrived in New York on an El Paso bus, said the address on the paperwork was that of a church in El Paso, where she had only slept for one night. It is said that Now she is worried that immigration notices will be sent there.

Hundreds of immigrants showed up at one of the offices of a Catholic charity in New York with a document listing their address. The group has filed a complaint, Wyatt said, and the government has promised to end the practice by August 1.

The group has also received more than 300 notices to appear in immigration court for people the organization does not know, Wyatt said. We have also received deportation orders for immigrants who were unable to appear in court because of

Victor Quijada traveled to Denver with relatives last month after Border Patrol sent a Venezuelan family to the American Red Cross office building. Once there, they were referred to the city’s shelter, which also drove them out. They eventually found shelter and were able to stay for a few days, but felt unsafe.

“It was tough what we had to go through. From what we had to eat to being on the street, it’s an experience I wouldn’t wish on anyone,” said Kihada. rice field.

Chan of the Colorado Housing Asylum Network eventually took the family home and her organization helped them rent an apartment. He said he knew several immigrants.

“Five families I’ve worked with over the past three months, all five were picked up from the street and literally sat on the sidewalk with their children,” she said.

The building Molina visited in midtown Manhattan is the International Rescue Commission’s refugee resettlement office, which offers limited services to asylum seekers, said Stanford, a spokesman for the group. Prescott said.

Of the IRC’s U.S. offices, only one, located in Phoenix, operates a shelter for asylum seekers, most of whom stay for less than 48 hours. But offices in Dallas and Atlanta are also listed on immigration papers.

“We are deeply concerned that the incorrect listing of these addresses could lead to complications for asylum seekers following the legal process to seek safety in the United States,” Prescott said.