Migrants Express Gratitude as Overcrowded Facilities Prompt Releases

 April 14, 2024

San Diego's border processing centers swamped beyond their limits, have begun releasing migrants into the US, a situation that has drawn both gratitude and concern from various quarters.

According to The Daily Caller, Illegal migrants in the San Diego area have recently been released from overcrowded facilities, evoking a mix of gratitude towards President Joe Biden and raising national security concerns. Specifically, authorities found a 245% increase in which Biden has been proven to be responsible.

The release of migrants has been a direct consequence of the facilities' capacities being stretched to 245% of their designed maximum. The New York Post shared stories from migrants hailing from an array of countries, including China, India, Egypt, Jordan, Mauritania, and Colombia, all expressing relief and gratitude after their release. This unprecedented situation has seen over 125,000 migrants walk the streets of San Diego since September 2023, unveiling the scale of a crisis that has local and national implications.

Overcrowding Spurs Release of Migrants

A particular narrative that emerged was that of a Chinese family who recounted their arduous journey through Thailand and Turkey, which cost them $70,000, just to be with relatives in the United States. This story, among others, underscores the desperation and sheer lengths people are willing to go to for a chance at a better life.

The strain on processing facilities has been so severe that the San Diego Sector's capacity was exceeded, with 1,812 migrants housed in a space designed for 750. This pressure has led to the inevitable release of migrants, a move that has sparked a debate over national security and the integrity of immigration enforcement.

Manny Bayon, the president of the National Border Patrol Council for the San Diego Sector, raises a compelling point on the challenges faced during background checks. Bayon said, "You have to keep in mind that we only know what we have in our databases, but when they’re coming from other countries if the United States doesn’t have cooperation we don’t know what their background is in their country."

Security Concerns Amidst Welcoming Gratitude

This concern is not unfounded, given the arrests of a serial deportee, a gang member in February 2024, and 59 terror suspects between October 2023 and January 2024. The identities and intentions of those entering the US remain a concern, especially for migrants from countries that have strained relations with the US or lack cooperative agreements for information sharing.

The San Diego and Tucson sectors have been identified as the busiest corridors for illegal immigration, whereas the Del Rio Sector in Texas has witnessed a significant drop in illegal encounters, thanks, in part, to Operation Lone Star. Texas' efforts, which include erecting barriers like razor wire and fencing, stand in stark contrast to California's approach, underscored by the San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond's critique of the state's sanctuary policies and the mass release of migrants.

Desmond pointed out, “People are entering illegally. We are not enforcing our laws.”


The unfolding situation in San Diego presents a complex narrative interweaving humanitarian concerns, national security, and the broader debate on immigration policies. As the US grapples with these challenges, the voices of gratitude from migrants serve as a poignant reminder of the human element underlying the stats and figures.

The recent releases from San Diego's overstretched processing facilities shine a light on the multifaceted aspects of migration.

From the heartening expressions of gratitude to the stark warnings about national security and the rule of law, this development encapsulates the ongoing discourse on immigration in America.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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