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Border Patrol says detention centers are full -- and starts releasing migrants

• By Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Normally, the Border Patrol would transfer the migrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be "processed" and in many cases placed in detention facilities. But officials said that both agencies have run out of space due to a recent influx of Central American families.

Immigrant advocates suggested the release was intended to create chaos at the border and further President Donald Trump's argument that there is a national emergency there.

"Why do this now? It doesn't make sense," said Zenen Jaimes Perez, advocacy director for the Texas Civil Rights Project, which sent lawyers to the McAllen bus station to assist the migrants. "This is not something they've done before."

He pointed out that the federal government has dealt with bigger influxes of migrants in the recent past.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Anybody who has relatives or friends on the outside of the U.S., can bring them in by going to court man-to-man with any government official who sides against letting them in. This is Constitutional law. It's in the 6th and 7th Amendments in the jury trial. All you have to do is get the jury to recognize that your Hispanic buddy is welcome in the USA. The administrative authorities have no recourse other than to obey jury rulings, if you do it the right way.

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