The Trump administration is busing people hundreds of miles inland and releasing them at Greyhound stations and churches because towns close to the border already have more than they can handle. Since December 21, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has set free more than 125,000 people who came into the U.S. as families.
Customs and Border Protection is also overloaded, and instead of holding families up to 72 hours before turning them over to ICE, it has started releasing them directly into the U.S. Families have been released so quickly that they don’t even have time to make travel arrangements. Families are given court dates, a head of household is often fitted with an ankle monitor, and they are dropped off at a charity-run shelter or bus station.