The number of migrants who enter the U.S. after seeking asylum and are a no-show for their court date is staggering.
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee during Tuesday’s hearing that 90 percent of asylum-seekers who come into the country are not to be seen again.
“It depends on demographic, the court, but we see too many cases where people are not showing up,” McAleenan said. “Out of those 7,000 cases, 90 received final orders of removal in absentia, 90 percent.”
“Ninety percent did not show up?” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked.
“Correct, that is a recent sample from families crossing the border,” McAleenan responded.
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“Currently due to a single district court order, we cannot obtain effective immigration enforcement results for the families arriving at our border — they cannot be held for longer than 21 days and do not receive rulings from immigration courts for years,” McAleenan also noted.
Additionally, McAleenan explained the situation at the border as he laid out statistics:
“Last month we encountered a modern record of 144,000 border crossers, a record day of over 5,800 border crossings in a single 24-hour period and the largest single group ever apprehended at our border, 1,036 individuals.
As IJR Red previously noted, Graham said during Tuesday’s hearing that “we’ve reached the breaking point” at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“If you’re on the border, dealing with this problem, you are one of the most patriotic people in this country,” Graham said in praise of border law enforcement.
The Republican lawmaker’s concern to fix the situation at the southern border was also reflected by chief Border Patrol agent of the El Paso sector Aaron Hull, who said Tuesday that every day that the number increases of immigrants flowing to the U.S.-Mexico border in hopes to cross illegally, “every day our border security threats increase.”