A legal aid group representing immigrant families at two controversial detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley said the federal government released 460 women and children, about 25 percent of those being held, over the weekend.
Some of the families had been in detention only a short time and have not yet had their credible fear interviews, the first step in the asylum process, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services said in an announcement about the releases.
ICE releases nearly 500 from Dilley, Karnes City detention centers over weekend
The Interfaith Welcome Coalition, a group that provides services to families after their release, operates shelters in two houses south of downtown, but a nearby church and convent opened their doors after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement dropped off more than 200 people Saturday, said Amy Fischer, RAICES’s policy director.
“We had people being dropped off after midnight last night, and we expect it to continue today,” Fischer said.
Immigration officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning.
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