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DHS: More than 12,000 migrants from Del Rio surge have been released into US

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The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security stated on Sunday that the majority of Haitian migrants who recently crossed the Mexican border to Del Rio, Texas, have been released into the United States, with possibly more to follow.

Nearly 12,400 people so far have had their cases heard by immigration judges, and around 5,000 more are still being processed by DHS.

"Approximately, I think it's about 10,000 or so, 12,000," DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Fox News Sunday, adding that the number could go up as the 5,000 other cases are processed.

Citing Department of Justice data, Fox News host Chris Wallace suggested that 44% of migrants released into the U.S. miss court appearances, raising questions about the Biden administration's handling of the cases of thousands of Asylum seekers.

Mayorkas underscored that the system for immigration is working and that "enforcement guidelines" would be met for those who do not appear for court hearings.

"We have enforcement guideline in place that provide the individuals who are recent border crossers who do not show up for their hearings are enforcement priorities and will be removed," he said.

DEL RIO ENCAMPMENT CLEARED AS THOUSANDS ARE EXPELLED, RETURNED TO MEXICO, OR IN LINE FOR ASYLUM HEARINGS: MAYORKAS

Wallace also noted that there are already 11 million people in the U.S. illegally and asked Mayorkas why the Biden administration did not seek to stop the nearly 30,000 Haitians illegally crossing the border into Del Rio since Sept. 9. In response, Mayorkas claimed the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. is evidence of a "broken" system that needs reform and that the Haitian migration wave was met by border personnel surging their resources to handle the crisis.

Wallace then alluded to a controversial policy of former President Donald Trump's administration, asking Mayorkas, "Why did you allow them in the country in the first place? Why didn't you build, forgive me, a wall?"

"We do not agree with the building of the wall," Mayorkas said. "The law provides that individuals can make a claim for humanitarian relief. That is actually one of our proudest traditions"

The DHS secretary also took questions concerning the Biden administration's continued narrative that border agents were whipping people attempting to cross the border despite conflicting information and a denial from the head of the National Border Patrol Council.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection mounted officers attempt to contain migrants as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, into Del Rio, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. Thousands of Haitian migrants have been arriving to Del Rio, Texas, as authorities attempt to close the border to stop the flow of migrants. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez) Felix Marquez/AP

The whipping narrative generated strict rebukes from officials such as White House press secretary Jen Psaki and lawmakers including California Rep. Maxine Waters, who claimed the alleged incident was "worse than slavery" despite the photographer of the controversial photo claiming not to have seen any Haitian migrants being harmed.

Mayorkas said Sunday that what actually happened "is the subject of an investigation," which "will be determined by the facts and nothing more."

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The U.S. is facing a large surge of migrants passing through the nation's southern border. Customs and Border Protection experienced nearly 209,000 encounters along the southern border in August, and families were stopped 86,487 times that month, according to a report by the agency.

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