ICE releases 522 migrants in Texas and New Mexico - bringing total released to more than 1,000

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 522 migrants in New Mexico and Texas on Wednesday evening - bringing the total number of asylum seekers dropped off by the agency this week to more than 1,000.

ICE dropped off 186 people on Christmas Day and 400 in the two days preceding the holiday, according to CBS News.

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The migrants were dropped off at locations in El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico.

El Paso straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, while Las Cruces is just 45 miles north of El Paso.

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Earlier this week, ICE, without warning, dropped off the migrants at a Greyhound bus station in El Paso, Texas - leaving them with no food, money, or shelter.

But on Wednesday local charitable groups were more prepared to absorb the released migrants and immediately take them off the streets for placement into temporary shelters, Ruben Garcia told the El Paso Times.

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Garcia is the head of Annunciation House, an El Paso-based shelter for migrants that coordinates with local authorities.

Nonprofits say that the federal government has been releasing the migrants due to overcapacity at the detention facilities, some of whose conditions are quite harsh.

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"They're coming from immigration cells so they're coming hungry, they're coming thirsty, most haven't bathed in a long time,' Dylan Corbett, executive director of the Hope Border Institute, said.

'The situation is really difficult for them.'

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City officials in El Paso were left scrambling on Tuesday to provide a place to stay for the migrants, most of whom were planning to travel to another destination so they could stay with a sponsor while the government reviews requests for asylum.

The chaos along the border has been exacerbated by the news of the deaths of two migrant children - the latest of which happened on Tuesday.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection ordered medical checks on...
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