Migrants freed without court notice - sometimes no paperwork

Migrants freed without court notice - sometimes no paperwork
A migrant and her daughter wait for their turn at the intake area of the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley, in Donna, Texas, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Source: AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills,Pool)

MISSION, Texas (AP) - Overwhelmed and underprepared, U.S. authorities are releasing migrant families on the Mexican border without notices to appear in immigration court or sometimes without any paperwork at all.

U.S. immigration authorities say court notices often take hours to prepare and describe the move as a way to save time.

The rapid releases ease pressure on the Border Patrol and its badly overcrowded holding facilities but shift work to Immigration and Customs and Enforcement, which enforces immigration laws within the United States.

Migrants are now being told to report to ICE within 60 days.

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