Ciscomani Sounds Alarm on Street Releases in Arizona, Presses DHS for Answers

The Tucson Sector saw more than 2,000 illegal crossings on Tuesday alone.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Juan Ciscomani (AZ-06) is sounding the alarm on new street releases happening in Arizona and pressing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a letter for answers. 

The Tucson Sector saw more than 2,000 illegal crossings, including a large group of single men from Africa, on Tuesday alone. Following the announcement of street releases on Wednesday, the congressman sent a letter to Secretary Mayorkas highlighting the devastating impacts the border crisis has had on his district and urging action from the agency.

“[Our rural communities] are not equipped to deal with this influx,” the letter stated. “Our local border communities should not be forced to bear the burden of this administration’s failed border policies.”

The congressman continues, “I have personally heard from local elected officials of both parties regarding their concern over these actions and the implications on their communities. This is not a partisan issue – you must stop politicizing our border and start prioritizing it.”

Congressman Ciscomani requested answers to the following questions surrounding the capacity issues:

  1. Are Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) detention centers at capacity? If so, when did they reach capacity?
  2. If these numbers continue or increase, what plan is in place to process the number of migrants?
  3. What are you doing to increase capacity either in permanent or temporary facilities both for CBP and ICE?
  4. How many migrants have been released onto the streets this fiscal year? Please provide a breakdown by sector and the number of migrants released to community partners vs. ‘safe street releases’.
  5. What notification and warning are given to local communities before migrants are released in the streets?
  6. Please outline the process used to vet migrants before they are released into our communities.

Read the full letter here.