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ICE asks for volunteers to send to the border as soon as this weekend...


ICE has asked for volunteers to send to the US-Mexico border 'as soon as this weekend' as a south Texas migrant complex is seven times over capacity and reports are surfacing of children being forced to sleep on floors of detention centers.  

Michael Meade, ICE's acting assistant director for field operations called for the 'immediate' deployment of available personnel to the border in an urgent email to senior staff Thursday night as he warned the challenging circumstances will likely 'grow over the coming months'.  

More than 3,500 unaccompanied teens and children have been held in Customs Border Patrol (CBP) detention centers designed for adults in recent days as Joe Biden's easing of immigration rules has fueled a surge in migrants crossing the border. 

Yet the president insists there is no crisis at the border. 

Biden officials privately warned Friday the administration cannot cope with the influx of children but the official line coming from the White House continues to be that it is only 'an enormous challenge.'

Despite repeated denials in public, the administration yesterday rolled back a Trump-era policy that had allowed adults picking up undocumented children to be detained by border agents - in a move hoped to speed up the processing of migrants through the system.  

Since taking office, Biden lifted the Trump policy that forced migrants to remain in Mexico while going through the legal process to enter the US, narrowed the ICE's criteria for arrests and deportations and stopped the building of Trump's border wall. 

These moves have led thousands upon thousands of migrants pouring into America leaving the border's children's centers so full that kids are being forced to spend up to 10 days in cramped detention centers meant for adults and sparking a backlog and logistical nightmare in processing the new entrants.