As border crossings surge at the southern border, greater numbers of illegal aliens and asylum seekers are taking buses into the U.S. interior.
Amid the growing crush, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 84,500 migrant family members since late December. Free to go on their way, migrants are leaving the driving to Greyhound.
In Phoenix recently, ICE dropped off 50 illegal aliens at a Greyhound depot. They departed with a promise to show up at their immigration hearings. Wink, wink.
Though derided by President Trump, ICE Catch and Release practices are loading up buses at the border, thanks to court rulings expanding the rights of migrants who claim “credible fear” to stay in the country, and the latest federal spending bill that limits the number of beds at border detention facilities.
In an effort at crowd control, Greyhound announced last week it would no longer allow U.S. authorities to drop off migrants inside bus stations. Now aliens congregate outside until they can scrounge up the necessary fare.
Meantime, additional funding for “Alternatives to Detention” (ATD) effectively gives more migrants a ticket to ride. The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that a third of the people on ATD immediately cut off their ICE-issued ankle monitors. One government contractor said his company routinely retrieves the abandoned tracking devices from Phoenix bus station trashcans.
Beleaguered border communities, as well every city and town where illegal aliens disembark, pay a price for all this. The expense goes far beyond the cost of a bus ticket.
A Phoenix-based migrant-aid group that monitors local Greyhound stations, is clamoring for city officials to pitch in more “resources” to accommodate the rising tide of illegal border crossers. Last Mile AZ also wants ICE to help arrange travel plans so migrants won’t be left wandering the streets.
“It’s becoming a real crisis,” activist Aliza Young observed.
Indeed. Say, how about a wall?