US immigration officials announced that because of the lack of jail spaces, undocumented Haitian migrants who came to the United States via Mexico and imprisoned awaiting deportation to their homeland will be released.
Immigrants are released under the conditions of referral to the immigration courts every month. This policy is usually used when detention spaces are insufficient, under certain humanitarian conditions or as part of efforts to keep families together.
Thousands of Haitians have arrived at the US-Mexico border in recent months, many after traveling 7,000 miles on foot, taxi and bus from Brazil through eight nations. They report to border inspectors in the United States, often at San Ysidro in San Diego, the country's busiest crossing.
The Department of Homeland Security said last week that there were about 41,000 people in immigrant detention centers; It is not clear how many of these immigrants have been released from detention since the change.
Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday the opening of a new temporary treatment center in a suburb of El Paso, Texas.
The Tornillo, Texas facility will be used to treat families and minors and can accommodate up to 500 people. It will be operational within a week.