ICE struggles with growing crowds outside Florida facility amid migrant surge

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An Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Florida is becoming increasingly crowded with migrants who have been ordered to report.

The ICE office in Orlando became a gathering point for migrants of all backgrounds and statuses who are required to check in with immigration officials after being released into the U.S., Fox 35 Orlando reports. The drastic spike of people in the area has raised worries for people’s safety.

“The scenes outside of the Orlando ICE office are very concerning. We are sending out a letter this week to request a more orderly appointment schedule, additional personnel and other resources,” Rep. Darren Soto told local outlet News 6 in a statement.

ICE PREPARING FOR ‘HISTORIC BORDER SURGE,’ SAYS MIGRANT ARRIVALS COULD TRIPLE

Migrants are camping out in a line, hoping for an appointment with an ICE officer.

Migrants camping outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Orlando, Fla., April 29, 2022.

Migrants camping outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Orlando, Fla., April 29, 2022.
(Fox 35 Orlando)

This week has seen hundreds of migrants coming and going.

People who have recently crossed the Southern border legally or illegally are required to check in at ICE offices like the one in Orlando, a spokesman told Fox 35.

Migrants have been camping outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Orlando, Fla., April 29, 2022.

Migrants have been camping outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Orlando, Fla., April 29, 2022.
(Fox 35 Orlando)

President Biden’s administration will comply with an upcoming order from a federal judge in Louisiana that is expected to block the removal of COVID-19 border restrictions.

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The restrictions are included in Title 42, a Trump-era health measure that has been used to deport more than 1 million migrants. The Biden administration had previously planned to end Title 42 May 23, a move many critics have said would have resulted in an unmanageable surge of illegal immigration. 

Migrants have been camping outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Orlando, Fla., April 29, 2022.

Migrants have been camping outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Orlando, Fla., April 29, 2022.
(Fox 35 Orlando)

Both Republican and Democratic members of Congress expressed concern with that plan earlier in April, however. Democratic Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly said April 16 the DHS plan was inadequate.

Fox News’s Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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