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Plan being considered for Border Patrol to release migrants into US without court date: report

Such a move would be without precedent, Fox News reported.

Published: March 21, 2021 11:55am

Updated: March 21, 2021 3:02pm

As the nation faces a surge of migrants along its southern border, a plan is reportedly being considered for Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector to start releasing certain border breachers without giving them a Notice to Appear. The plan apparently applies to people who have claimed asylum.

Fox News reported that a senior source in U.S. Customs and Border Protection explained that the rationale is that the situation has "become so dire that BP [Border Patrol] has no choice but to release people nearly immediately after apprehension because there is no space to hold people even to do necessary NTA paperwork." 

The outlet said that such a move would be without precedent, and would place the onus on the migrants to seek an asylum hearing.

It can take hours to provide an NTA to a person or family, according to Fox News. "This would not apply to unaccompanied minors," the outlet noted.

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