Migrants using Catholic Charities to avoid deportation: report

"This is to delay as long as possible the removal of illegal aliens."

Published: December 19, 2022 7:58pm

Updated: December 19, 2022 8:44pm

Illegal migrants are reportedly listing Catholic Charities addresses as their destinations to slow the process of their court hearings and stall any possible deportation.

Both the Department of Homeland Security and Catholic Charities recognize that the phenomena is occurring, with DHS asserting that its agents have to accept any listed address a migrant provides, according to the Washington Times. 

In so doing, the migrants make it more difficult for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to serve them with an immigration court summons and lessens the likelihood of deportation in the immediate future. Upon apprehension, immigration authorities request an intended address to which they may send a court summons. The migrants then provide a real address, but one where they do not intend to reside. Accordingly, they never receive a notice to appear at their court date.

"If you keep them off the docket there's never a court hearing, which means the next time ICE gets them, they're just then beginning that process. This is to delay as long as possible the removal of illegal aliens," former Trump immigration official Rob Law told the Times.

Catholic Charities has pinned the blame on the existing immigration system for facilitating the tactic, while DHS has accused the organization of colluding with migrants to help them avoid receiving their summons.

The charity has condemned the practice, asserting that migrants avoiding their court date will never receive proper authorization papers and will compromise any potential legal status they might otherwise receive.

"The practice of misaddressing immigration documents places extreme burdens on asylum-seekers, nonprofit organizations and the U.S. courts," the group's chief communications officer, Bill Gangluff, told the outlet. "Incorrect addresses will cause those seeking asylum to miss court appearances and jeopardize their status because they may never receive their documents. It causes legal, logistical and resource concerns for Catholic Charities agencies. And it disrupts the docket by denying the court the ability to notify asylum-seekers about important court dates and proceedings."

The report follows Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordering state Attorney General Ken Paxton's office to investigate the role of non-governmental organizations and non-profit groups in aiding illegal migrants amid an unprecedented border surge.

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