Desperate migrants still queue overnight in wintry temperatures outside ICE’s headquarters in New York City – only to be turned away by security guards because the backlogged agency has already reached its apparent daily quota to process them.
“If you want ICE, you have to come very early in the morning – around 3am. After 500 people, they’re done,” a Post security officer said Monday outside 26 Federal Plaza in Lower Manhattan.
Asylum seekers still faced chaotic scenes in front of immigration officials on Monday – even after The Post last week reported on the capricious processing problems and how some migrants even set up a makeshift mini-tent city just to get a foot in the door.
While there were no signs of the tents Monday, migrants with no scheduled processing appointments had to wait in a line stretching several blocks early in the morning – and were only served on a first-come, first-served basis.
“They’re closed again, I have to come back,” a mother, who was carrying her young son in a blanket, told the Post before storming off.
Once the first 500 or so migrants have been allowed through the barricades, the rest are turned away and asked to repeat the same lengthy process the next day, according to security forces posted outside.
“Why come early in the morning when you can make an appointment and wait in the other line — the 3am line goes all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge,” said one warden.
But even those who have made an appointment in advance face frustrating scenes when they arrive at Federal Plaza 26.
The Post spotted a number of migrants frantically waving their appointment confirmation papers in the air early Monday.
Some could hear their appointments yelled as they tried to be noticed by security.
The guards then checked each person’s confirmation for proof of a scheduled time before herding the migrants through a barricade.
After a certain point, security announced that they would only let through those who had booked an appointment for 9:30am or earlier.
And by 9:30 a.m., a security guard had started telling the migrants “ICE was closed” — and they were to come back “early in the morning” around 3 a.m
ICE did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on the apparent daily limit of 500 people.
The agency also didn’t address whether more federal funding has been made available to help the Big Apple deal with the thousands of migrants who have flooded the city in recent months as the Biden administration grapples with the ongoing border crisis .
About 27,200 asylum seekers have passed through New York City’s admissions system and found shelter in the five boroughs since the spring, according to the latest figures from city officials.
More than 19,500 migrants are being cared for in 57 shelters and three humanitarian emergency and relief centers.
Additional reporting by Bernadette Hogan and Nolan Hicks
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