Border Patrol desperate to keep ‘in-custody numbers’ manageable amid new surge propose ‘bookout targets’

The Border Patrol is desperately trying to keep the skyrocketing number of illegal immigrants taken into custody “manageable” amid a new surge that is swamping the southern border.

“An internal Aug. 8 email from an acting deputy chief to Border Patrol field chiefs and deputies says that sectors are facing an influx that is outpacing the numbers of migrants being either released or transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for removal,” Fox News reported.

“The email, obtained by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office, says daily encounters ‘[continue] to surpass the daily permanent bookouts and the in-custody numbers continue to rise creating significant risks to agents and detainees,'” the media outlet continued.

“This level of detention numbers has also resulted in increased manpower requirements impacting border security efforts,” the email noted.

This has resulted in the Border Patrol proposing “daily bookout targets” per sector in order “to bring in-custody numbers to manageable levels” based on 7-day averages. The email contends that, if “consequence pathways” such as expedited removal are not available, then releasing migrants with Notices to Appear (NTA/OR) at a future court date should be utilized.

“We respectfully request that you urgently use these bookout targets to formalize your daily processing pathway plans, to include transitioning to NTA/OR when consequence pathways are not sufficient,” the email added.

The memo goes on to recommend that illegal aliens released should be enrolled in alternatives to detention “where operationally feasible.”

“The email was obtained by Moody’s office as part of ongoing litigation. Florida is suing the administration over its release of migrants into the interior. It successfully blocked a policy by which migrants were released without court dates due to overcrowding pending an ongoing challenge. In a statement, she suggested the move marked the implementation of ‘mass release quotas’ for migrants,” Fox News reported.

“This latest email is further proof of the disastrous cycle created by Biden’s intentional destruction of our border with Mexico. Biden cuts resources, opens the border, and then releases detainees while claiming there is not enough detention capacity to prevent the unprecedented flood of migrants entering the country because of his terrible policies,” Moody charged.

“With every passing day it is becoming more obvious that the border crisis is being intentionally orchestrated by the Biden administration. We will continue to do everything in our power to push back and let the American people know what Biden is doing,” she vowed.

A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson told Fox News Digital in an interview that the Border Patrol has “merely directed sectors to process individuals faster into the range of immigration pathways available, in order to address increasing numbers of individuals in custody.”

“These bookouts include processing record numbers of migrants into Expedited Removal and conducting record numbers of removal flights,” the spokesperson asserted.

Fox News reported in August that major border sectors were either at capacity or nearing it.

“CBP sources told Fox News that on Monday, Border Patrol apprehended more than 7,300 illegal immigrants (not including those who evaded custody or appeared at ports of entry). CBP now has over 22,000 migrants in custody, the sources said,” Fox News reported.

The Washington Post also reported, “The U.S. Border Patrol arrested an estimated 91,000 migrants who entered the U.S. across the southern border in August in family groups.”

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