Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told senators that the Department of Homeland Security has discontinued the process of releasing migrants in the United States only with paperwork that directs them to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.
Many of the migrants arrested at the US-Mexico border are expelled, but some were released into the United States with a “notice to appear” paper. It means that they had to appear in court before an immigration judge.
This practice stopped earlier this year. The Biden administration replaced that with a “notice to report” paper, which will leave the duty to the migrants to introduce themselves to ICE.
This was heavily criticized by Republicans who believed that the Biden administration don’t know the whereabouts of migrants released into the United States.
Mayorkas said that the “notice to appear” practice has returned since there are concerns that they cannot find the migrants’ addresses.