ICE Strands Hundreds of Migrants on Christmas Eve with Nowhere to Go

Immigrant rights groups had to scramble after ICE released hundreds of asylum-seekers with nowhere to go and without alerting local shelters. Hundreds of migrants spent part of Christmas Eve in an El Paso parking lot.

On Sunday night, ICE agents began dropping off the migrants at a greyhound bus station without warning local shelters. Normally ICE alerts the local shelter, it has a history of taking in tens of thousands of migrants released by federal agents in the border city. About 200 arrived Sunday, 200 more Monday and the number of people is expected to exceed 800 by Wednesday.

While local shelters are at or over capacity, shelter workers are usually able to find temporary housing if given enough time.



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