As of 5 p.m. local time Friday, 10,000 people who swam across the Rio Grande from Acuna, Mexico, to Del Rio have had their data entered into Border Patrol's tracking system over the past week, according to data examined by the Washington Examiner on Friday evening.
Over 15,000 were on-site under the bridge Saturday. Several thousand more are in the manner of being transported hundreds of miles across the state to be treated at Border Patrol facilities that have space and agents available, including Tucson, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas. They are not covered in the 10,000 because they have not yet been interrogated or booked into the tracking system.
The career Department of Homeland Security official who provided the data announced that 9,000 of the 10,000 have been identified as having been born in Haiti, though many have not lived in the island country for as much as a decade. Some 2,276 Haitians have been sent back to Haiti under Title 42, a public health protocol that enables the Border Patrol to expel anyone who illegally crosses the border immediately, the source announced.
The Department of Homeland Security "has conducted 17 expulsion flights to Haiti with approximately 2,000 individuals" as of Friday, and "those who are not expelled under Title 42 are placed in immigration removal proceedings," Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated throughout a White House press conference Friday afternoon.
However, leaked DHS documents for some migrants who had been processed state that "subjects are currently not under removal proceedings" because Immigration and Customs Enforcement "requested and denied (due to humanitarian reasons)." As a result, subjects were processed for Notice to Report and freed.
Of the 9,000 Haitian migrants processed more than the past week, 6,615 have been freed into the United States and 160 have been served papers ordering they be sent back to their nation of origin. The difference in freed and expelled migrants is due to some migrants' statuses not yet being updated in government tracking systems.
Migrants freed from federal custody are normally given a document directing them to appear in immigration court. Although sources explained these migrants are being pushed out of Border Patrol stations and processing centers with notices to report, which instruct them to self-report to an ICE office in the coming weeks. There is no legal requirement to show up, and changes that President Joe Biden made to immigration policy earlier this year forbid ICE officers from going into the community and arresting people who are not a significant public safety threat.