One interesting aspect is that the government already has some existing detention facilities that are at low capacity, e.g. near San Antonio. Apparently, one of the reasons is because CBP doesn’t have enough buses to transport migrants to these further locations.
Wasn’t it just a week or two ago, that the President was going to release migrants in sanctuary cities. For example, rather than releasing people at the El Paso bus station, they would be released at the San Francisco bus station. If the CPB doesn’t have enough transport, how were they getting them to San Francisco?
The New York Times created this story about a short little piece of wall, apparently results of putting some wall but not gates.
Representative Filemon B. Vela Jr., a Democrat who represents Brownsville in Congress and whose district includes Los Indios, said the little piece of fence illustrated the pointlessness of a border wall, regardless of which administration built it.
“I’ve voted against every single piece of border wall funding that’s ever come up, and I’m going to continue to do so,” Mr. Vela said. “Decisions are being made in Washington in terms of where to put fencing that don’t make any sense.”
Even though the federal government has switched to giving no notice, an informal network has arisen from charities, local governments and volunteers to help these people as they are released. These volunteers help migrants with a place to shower, eat, clean clothes as well as make further plans. A large number presumably have either family (an uncle in North Carolina), or other contacts (jobs in Alabama) where they are heading. After all, they’ve been migrating not just from Mexico but often previously as well. So to expect most all will stay where they are released from custody is naive. [Note: Some further reading suggests part of the current release process might be checking that people have a “contact”]
So what likely happens if the government decides on a large scale bus exercise to move these people for political purposes? I’m sure initially there will be some confusion. However, just as likely I would expect local charities and volunteers to rise to occasion as well. I also expect just as migrants presently don’t stay in Brownsville or other release points, most will now head to their end destinations, just with a different starting point.
So the flaw in the plan seems to be not so much that it is spreading dangerous people, but rather that
Detaining and releasing people has been turned much more into a political game. It also seems to ignore the humanity of the situation in messing with people’s lives.
It likely doesn’t get us any closer to solving or even improving the situation.
Along the way, it also seems a bit wasteful exercise and perhaps even illegal the extent to which DHS is now doing things beyond a legal mandated charter.
The previous congressional deal limited border fence spending the Rio Grande sector. It looks like efforts are proceeding to build/replace short sections of fencing in El Paso and Yuma sectors as well. This seems to use the military budgets – though not necessarily that from a national emergency.
This article describes some temporary barriers as well as
Following the assessment, the corps of engineers will bid out the construction of the wall, Davis said. Army engineers will not build it. He said he estimates the Army will award a contract by the end of April and construction could begin shortly thereafter.
One of the first stops for many in Brownsville is the Good Neighbor Settlement House, a homeless shelter. Normally there were a few dozen, but more recently numbers have shot up to as many as 400 per day.
The migrants are brought here for a short period of time and can shower, eat and get some clean clothes. Volunteers help migrants work out travel arrangements so they can meet up with relatives or sponsors in other parts of the country while they await their day in immigration court.