U.S. Customs and Border Protection Releases Migrants on San Diego Streets

Published on October 12th, 2023

As the crisis on America’s southern border spirals out of control, San Diego has become a dumping ground for migrant asylum-seekers by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

San Diego, America’s largest city on our southern border with Mexico, has become a popular release location for migrants who claim asylum and are given an appearance date to show up in court to plead their case. 

As reported by the Associated Press:

That system is being tested like never before as U.S. Customs and Border Protection releases migrants to the streets of California’s second-largest city because shelters are full. Since Sept. 13, about 13,000 have been dropped at transit stations with notices to appear in immigration court at their final destinations in the U.S., with about 500 more arriving daily.

Migrant aid groups blame a mix of circumstances for the shelter crunch: reduced government funding; CBP’s practice of sending migrants from Texas and Arizona to be processed in San Diego; and a surge in illegal crossings. Last week, President Joe Biden’s administration advanced plans for a border wall in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and said it would resume deportation flights to Venezuela.

As CAPS has reported, the asylum loophole has become one of the most common paths for illegal immigrants to gain entry to the United States. Many illegal immigrants have been told back in their home countries that requesting asylum unlocks the door to America. Simply making a request will prevent the U.S. government from immediately deporting the person seeking asylum.

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