Homeland Security agencies have been returning migrants to Mexico or their countries of origin under expedited removal or formal deportation, rather than quick expulsions. The administration said the Department of Homeland Security has repatriated 38,400 noncitizens between May 12 and June 2, many with a five-year ban on any lawful return.
The repatriations include the removal to Mexico of more than 1,400 Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans under an agreement with Mexico.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been publicizing its near-daily removal flights out of El Paso.
Shackles and handcuffs are extended for the next group of migrants to be boarded onto planes to be transferred out of the United States through commercial airlines and chartered flights supporting ICE field offices and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on June 2.
Using a lawful pathway created this year, an average of 1,070 migrants are presenting at ports of entry each day after making an appointment via the CBP One app, the administration said. However, a new rule requires certain migrants to show they attempted to seek asylum in another country first, or they will be rejected.
The Biden administration said its plan “is working as intended,” even as the conditions people are fleeing haven’t changed and the risk that coyotes will exploit current policies remains.