Border Patrol begins releasing migrants in Arizona

Contributed Photo/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection: With processing centers being inundated, the Border Patrol has begun releasing migrants on their own recognizance with scheduled court hearings.

Contributed Article/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection

YUMA – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector have begun releasing detainees on their own recognizance.

Yuma Sector has experienced a significant rise in the number of family units arrested throughout the sector.  This demographic is challenging in that they cannot be immediately returned to their country of origin.  

U.S. Border Patrol processing centers are not designed to house the current numbers of families and small children that we are encountering.  Due to capacity issues at our stations and the ongoing humanitarian crisis nationwide, the Border Patrol has begun identifying detainees for potential release in Yuma with a notice to appear for their immigration hearings.

The Border Patrol recently had record numbers of captures, including more than 4,000 in a single day twice. 

Yuma Sector will continue to coordinate with stakeholders in the local community, including other law enforcement agencies and elected officials.  For more formation see the El Paso Press Conference Transcript.

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