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Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Gimenez is calling the Biden administration’s handling of the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border “almost criminal.”
While speaking to a reporter at a rally on Tuesday for freedom in Cuba held at the U.S. Capitol, Gimenez also said he thinks the Biden administration is releasing thousands of migrants into the U.S. in the hopes they will eventually become Democratic voters.
“That’s the problem with having an administration which says they’re centrist but they’re not really,” Gimenez said.
“They’re really far left extreme, a far-left extreme administration. People say, ‘Well, look, [Biden] talks like a centrist.’ I don’t care how the president talks. I care what the president does, and what the president is doing, especially at the southern border, is almost criminal,” he added.
“We now know that the new strain of COVID, lambda, I believe it’s called, is coming through the southern border, because they’re ravaging South America. We don’t know how potent it is. Some people say it’s more potent than the Delta variant. They say it’s more deadly than the variant and the vaccines may not work as well. … How are we allowing thousands and thousands of immigrants to flow through the southern border?” he rhetorically asked.
Some 50,000 migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally have been released in the United States without a court date.
Axios reported on Tuesday that the migrants have been told to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office following their release and that only 13 percent of them showed up so far.
As detailed by the publication, the group was not given a court date to show up for hearings.
The influx of migrants, who crossed the U.S. southern border illegally, has steadily increased in recent months.
According to Axios, the sizable numbers are a sign of “just how overwhelmed some sectors of the U.S.-Mexico border continue to be: A single stretch covering the Rio Grande Valley had 20,000 apprehensions in a week. The figures also show the shortcomings of recent emergency decisions to release migrants.”
The hope has been for migrants to show up at the offices on their own volition in order to get work permits.
The move to release the migrants without official notice to appear in court is unprecedented.
An additional 16,000 migrants did not show up and passed the 60-day reporting window they were given – equivalent to 2.4 migrants who failed to report in for everyone that has.
The remaining group, made up of some 27,000 migrants, who crossed and were released at the same time frame have yet to turn up but remain under the 60-day timeframe for reporting.
A DHS official emphasized to the publication that nearly 70% of migrants are within the 60-day window or have reported to ICE.
Despite the lack of court dates given to those 50,000 migrants, the release of migrants continues unabated.
The number released without court dates since March was up to 55,000.
The months of higher-than-normal border crossing activity are seeing 20-year record highs, with more than 1 million apprehensions for the year to date.