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ICE plans to release migrant families in detention, officials say

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Two United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents observe as an undocumented man is being received by a Mexican immigration agent at a removal gate at the U.S.-Mexico border on February 26, 2015 in San Diego, California, USA. (David Maung/Bloomberg)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is planning to release some migrant families in detention to accommodate the arrival of migrants arrested at the US-Mexico border, according to two Homeland Security officials.

(CNN)Immigration and Customs Enforcement is planning to release some migrant families in detention to accommodate the arrival of migrants arrested at the US-Mexico border, according to two Homeland Security officials.

Families in ICE detention can generally be released as their cases work their way through the immigration court system.

Amid ongoing litigation over the public health order and increasing encounters, officials are preparing for the event that space is needed to address and process families that arrive to the US-Mexico border in the near future.

Last year, immigrant advocacy organizations filed a lawsuit seeking the immediate release of families in detention, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, ICE has released more than 900 individuals who were considered vulnerable to the virus after "evaluating their immigration history, criminal record, potential threat to public safety, flight risk, and national security concerns," according to the agency.

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