Catholic Charities in one Texas diocese is reportedly criticizing government officials and lawmakers for a lack of information and transparency about asylum-seeking immigrants recently released from federal custody.
According to Antonio Fernandez, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, says Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and unspecified local lawmakers have passed along misinformation on migrants’ release times and locations, the Washington Examiner reported.
“The frustration is not the work — it’s the lack of information because we get conflicting info from so many people,” Fernandez told the news outlet, accusing DHS officials of a “lack of transparency and information” — adding even workers at the same agencies have passed along contradicting information.
San Antonio is the closest major city to the South Texas border, where many of those who’ve been released from custody and told to show up at future hearings then fly or bus to their final U.S. destination.
According to the Examiner, about 1,000 migrants arrived in San Antonio on government-funded buses and private vans last week. Fernandez told the Examiner it’s been “madness” trying to prepare for the arrival and then to have the dates or places suddenly changed.
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