Sources from the San Diego office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the migrants have 15 days to report to a local ICE office.
The Department of Homeland Security estimates more than 57,000 Central American Immigrants have crossed into the United States and another 30,000 are believed to be on the way. The agency has already started deportations.
On Monday, White House officials said children facing imminent danger will likely stay in the U.S.
“It is likely that the immigration judge will find that that person should be granted humanitarian relief,” said Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary.
“Most of them are going to be released on their own recognizance,” said Anna Hysell, an immigration attorney and a former prosecutor with ICE. ‘There’s just not enough bed space to keep everybody and so there’s a real lack of resources. It costs the government approximately $100/day to keep them in.”
“They will have their fear claim heard by an asylum officer. If the officer finds there’s credible fear to story, then they will refer them to immigration court.”
Any migrant who may be a flight risk is tracked.
“Very few will be put into a program which would require them to have ankle bracelets,” said Hysell. “If there’s any type of criminal issues or history, they will not be released.”
According to the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review, the Statistics Yearbook for 2013 shows the percentage of no shows for immigration hearings is 33 percent.
“I know most people they want their cases heard and when it becomes an urgent situation then they’re always following through,” said Hysell.
She said another crisis looms in the immigration court system.
“The judges are completely overwhelmed and their dockets are enormous, half of them are eligible to retire this year,” said Hysell.
The DOJ said it’s already in the process of hiring 30 new judges this year, bringing the current corps of judges to 243 nationwide.
“Thirty [judges will] not going to cut it, they need probably at least 300 more,” said Hysell.
She also said the hearings set in immigration court are for 2015 and 2016 and do not account for the new wave of immigrants entering the country now.