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Mayorkas admits 12,000 Haitians released in US — and more could follow

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted on Sunday that more than 12,000 Haitian migrants have been released into the US and more may follow. 

He told “Fox News Sunday” that there are about 12,400 Haitians in the process of having asylum claims heard by an immigration judge, while around 5,000 are being processed by the Department of Homeland Security. 

About 3,000 are being detained. 

“Approximately, I think it’s about 10,000 or so, 12,000,” Mayorkas responded when asked how many migrants have already been released. 

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He added that the number could go beyond 5,000 as other cases are processed.

“It could be even higher. The number that are returned could be even higher. What we do is we follow the law as Congress has passed it,” Mayorkas said.

Homeland Security admitted on September 26, 2021, that 12,000 Haitian migrants have been released into the US.
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Thousands of migrants remain stranded in a Colombian port town as they wait for boats to cross into neighboring Panama
Thousands of migrants remain stranded in a Colombian port town as they wait for boats to cross into neighboring Panama.
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Migrants, many from Haiti, wade across the Rio Grande after several hundred were deported from the US.
Migrants, many from Haiti, wade across the Rio Grande after several hundred were deported from the US.
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Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said that several thousand more migrants could be released into the United States
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said that several thousand more migrants could be released into the United States.
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Haitian migrants rest at a makeshift camp before heading to the border with Panama in Acandi, Colombia.
Haitian migrants rest at a makeshift camp before heading to the border with Panama in Acandi, Colombia.
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Tollbooth operators at the Del Rio Port after it was shut down due to an influx of migrants.
Tollbooth operators at the Del Rio Port after it was shut down due to an influx of migrants.
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Haitian migrants cross the river on horse-drawn wagons before heading to the border with Panama in Acandi, Colombia.
Haitian migrants cross the river on horse-drawn wagons before heading to the border with Panama in Acandi, Colombia.
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The secretary said the administration “will make determinations whether they will be returned to Haiti based on our public health and public interest authorities.”

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