“We’ve discontinued the practice of issuing notices to report,” Mayorkas said. Migrants who are released going forward will likely receives notices to appear at immigration court, as has typically been done.
US immigration officials also recently began sending packets to migrants who underwent ad hoc processing. They are expected to include a “notice to appear” and additional information about ICE processing.
“During the ICE appointment, ICE will review the case with the noncitizen, take biometrics and photos, and establish any ongoing check-in requirements. Noncitizens must report to ICE and appear at their designated immigration court date as part of their immigration proceedings in order to comply with US law,” ICE said in a statement.
The operation has already sparked concern among immigration advocates and attorneys, who worry the packets may not get to the migrants, which could put them at risk of missing their court dates. If migrants don’t appear to immigration court on their designated dates, they can be ordered removed by immigration judges.
“The primary concern is that not only may addresses change but those individuals, only minutes or hours of the US border, may not have even had an accurate address,” Jeremy McKinney, president-elect of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and an immigration attorney in North Carolina.
“It will be interesting to see whether these immigration judges will order individuals removed under these circumstances. We’ll have to see,” él agregó.
There were more than
1.6 million arrests on the US-Mexico border in fiscal year
2021, de acuerdo a US Customs and Border Protection data
. The majority were swiftly removed under the Trump-era public health order