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Brewer to Obama: Stop Dumping Illegals in Arizona Bus Stations

Monday, 02 Jun 2014 09:50 PM

Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer urged President Barack Obama on Monday to end a policy that saw hundreds of migrants detained in Texas being released at bus stations in Arizona because of overcrowded facilities.

Brewer, who has often clashed with the Obama administration over illegal immigration, said she had not been notified of the operation, which took place over the Memorial Day weekend.

"This unwarranted operation is another disturbing example of a deliberate failure to enforce border security policies and repair a broken immigration system," she said in her letter, asking for details of what she called a "dangerous and unconscionable policy."

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Authorities flew to Arizona about 400 people held in south Texas on suspicion of entering the United States illegally, saying detention facilities there were overflowing with a surge of Central American migrants crossing the border into the Rio Grande Valley.

Those unprocessed migrants, mostly families with young children, were taken to Tucson and transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

They were then released and dropped off by agents at bus stations in Tucson and Phoenix, officials from the agency said.

ICE said the migrants were required to report within 15 days to an agency office near where they were dropped off, and their cases would then be handled based on immigration enforcement priorities.

Federal officials under Obama have focused on turning back unauthorized immigrants stopped in border regions and deporting others outside of those areas who are convicted of crimes.

Last week, Obama asked his administration to hold off on making changes to deportation policy until the end of the summer in order to allow Congress time to pass immigration legislation.

Many people who cross the border illegally from Mexico are quickly returned by the Border Patrol, but those from Central America and other regions are supposed to be transferred to ICE so they can be flown home.

The letter was the latest salvo against the Obama administration by Brewer and other Republicans who say officials have failed to secure the U.S. southern border.

A number of other groups are pushing for policy reform to allow the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country to obtain a pathway to U.S. citizenship.

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