Nine out of 10 illegal immigrant children who were scheduled to appear before a federal immigration judge in Texas did not show up on Tuesday.
According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, there were 20 youths “from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who were set to appear in federal immigration court Tuesday for initial deportation hearings,” but only two showed up.
Instead of issuing immediate deportation orders, the judge reportedly reset the hearings for the absentees for August 11, a decision which was cheered by immigration activists.
As Breitbart News reported, Juan Osuna, the Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review at the Justice Department, testified at a Congressional Hearing that 46% of illegal immigrant juveniles do not show up to their hearings and “the total pending case load for the federal government is 375,000 illegal immigrant juveniles.” As Breitbart News noted, “that percentage, though, could be higher since the administration does not have the exact numbers for illegal immigrant children who have recently received notices to appear before immigration officials and judges.”
There have been nearly 60,000 illegal immigrant children who have been apprehended since October of last year. Those from countries other than Mexico and Canada are giving “notices to appear” and released, and many migrants have said they made the dangerous journey to America believing they would receive such “permisos” that allow them to remain indefinitely in the country. A recent Pew Research report found that nearly 90% of the illegal immigrant “children” are actually teenagers.