Another country can be added to the list of the Biden Administration’s efforts to study and address root causes of migration. Currently, according to a source within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Border Patrol is detaining nearly 2,000 Nicaraguan single adult migrants whom cannot be immediately returned to Mexico under the Title 42 CDC COVID-19 authority. The total represents nearly half of all single adults in federal custody.
The total at present consists of mostly single adult males and females. Nicaragua is not one of the countries subject to the CDC Title 42 immediate expulsion order and it is creating a dilemma for Border Patrol and ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) personnel.
ICE ERO is charged with finding detention space for the migrants, which is in short supply. It is anticipated, according to the source, that an alternative to detention (ATD) program may be employed