The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, has been renting hotel rooms for hundreds of undocumented immigrants who have poured over the Mexico-California border since last week.
According to a memo obtained by Fox News, ICE transported immigrant families to a hotel near San Diego where rooms cost $99 a night.
More undocumented immigrants were released to addresses across the country, but ICE sources say the addresses are almost always fake.
When the undocumented immigrants do not show up for their immigration court date, they are ordered out of the country by a judge, but becaues they are not present in court and will likely stay in the United States until caught, claims Fox News.
The overwhelming surge of illegal immigrants into the United States is because they need only tell ICE agents that they have a "credible fear" of drug cartels and are granted instant temporary asylum, per a loophole in U.S. law.
Hundreds of immigrants are using that "keyword phrase" at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, California ICE processing centers.
In response to this apparent abuse of U.S. immigration laws, the Department of Homeland Security issued this statement:
Credible fear determinations are dictated by long standing statute, not an issuance of discretion. The USCIS officer must find that a "significant possibility" exists that the individual may be found eligible for asylum or withholding or removal.
If the credible fear threshold is met, the individual is placed into removal proceedings in Immigration Court. The final decision on asylum eligibility rests with an immigration judge.
Unidentified ICE sources told Fox News that an estimated 600,000-800,000 illegal immigrants do not show up for their court date and disappear into the United States.
Source: Fox News