Local news reports show detained immigrants being released in northwestern Louisiana, part of a national trend.
The Biden administration, still grappling with a record-breaking border crisis, has been transporting migrants from overcrowded detention facilities toward the U.S. interior for release.
Federal authorities were spotted this week dropping off immigrants at transit centers across Louisiana and Mississippi, per local news stations.
Officials and advocates have decried the immigrant releases, which they have said are chaotic and often leave migrants without ID, money or directions to their ultimate destinations.
Money quote: “It appears Washington told ICE to just ‘send them somewhere,’ and apparently gave little to no notice to state and local officials. Horrible mismanagement. Do President Biden and Vice President Harris care about communities, immigrants, and controlling the border?” said Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., in a statement.
Congressional Democrats have sought to include amnesty for illegal immigrants in their budget reconciliation proposal.