The Biden administration is considering forcing migrants who cross into the United States remain in Texas illegally while awaiting proof of asylum.
Administration officials cite the proposed plan as a way to stem the flow of illegal immigrants to the southern border, The Los Angeles Times reported, citing three U.S. officials not authorized to discuss the matter.
The plan would require migrants to remain in Texas, or possibly other border states, with their location tracked using GPS tracking devices such as ankle bracelets, officials told the Times.
The migrants they will undergo an asylum screening to determine if they can remain in the United States. Officials have talked about working with local groups to provide housing for migrants.
Fox News Digital has reached out to the White House, Texas Governor Greg Abbottand various immigration agencies.
A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told Fox News Digital that the Biden administration “is committed to expanding safe and orderly pathways for migrants to enter the United States legally, while imposing consequences for those who do not use them ways”.
Since May, DHS has removed or returned more than 200,000 people, the agency said.
“DHS is continually engaged in policy and operational discussions about how to leverage our authorities to ensure a fair, humane, and effective immigration process that efficiently removes those who do not have a legal basis to remain in the country,” the statement said. DHS.
The plan would be extended to Management of accelerated family moving (FERM), which puts migrant families under curfew and GPS tracking. Applies to those heading to multiple cities such as Baltimore, Washington, and Chicago.
The possible move comes amid an increase in migrant encounters at the southern border. Texas has also continued to fight with the federal government, most recently over Abbott’s effort to stem the flow of migrants on floating buoys in the Rio Grande.
A Texas judge ruled Wednesday that the buoys must be removed no later than September 15.
In addition to the floating barriers, Texas has operated a bus program to transport migrants to so-called “sanctuary cities” such as Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles, in an effort to provide relief to border cities. Abbott argues that Texas cities have borne the brunt of illegal immigration and that “sanctuary cities” must begin sharing the burden.
“Texas has bused over 35,000 migrants to self-declared sanctuary cities,” he wrote on Tuesday on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “Over 11,300 in DC, over 13,300 in New York, over 6,700 in Chicago, over 2,600 in Philadelphia, over 1,000 in Denver, over 480 in LA.
Many of the target cities have been overwhelmed and continue to struggle to provide resources for migrants. Democratic mayors have demanded more support from their states and the federal government.
Los Angeles leaders recently voted to sue Abbott over the program, and New York Mayor Eric Adams has demanded that Biden speed up the work permit process for migrants to allow them to stay, in instead of getting resources from the city and state that house them in shelters.
Adam Shaw of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.
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