Nearly 600,000 migrants who have crossed into the United States since 2021 have been released without being given a court date or even being charged, according to NBC News.
A departure from previous protocol, the practice developed as a necessary response to the overwhelming numbers of asylum seekers at the southern border. Previous administrations required migrants be given charging documents and a court date by Customs and Border Protection after being detained.
Lawyers for migrants across the country say the lack of charging documents has left many in legal limbo without a court date to determine if they can legally stay in the U.S.
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