ICE: Illegal Alien 'Overflow' from SW Border Being Held in Boston

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | March 5, 2019 | 2:32 PM EST

Boston Acting ICE Field Office Director Todd Lyons (Screenshot)

The overflow of illegal aliens crossing the southwest border are being held in Boston, Todd Lyons, an ICE official in Boston, Massachusetts says.

In an interview with the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), Acting Field Office Director Lyons said he’s convinced walls would help protect the border from illegal entry. What’s more, he said, walls would also help ICE by freeing up resources currently being redirected to border protection – resources that could be used to deal with criminals in the nation’s interior:

“ICE is totally separate from the border patrol. The wall, in strategic locations, where there is a high trafficking area of illegal entry happening, would absolutely help the border patrol.

“Where it would help ICE is it would free up our officers to focus on the criminal element that’s here. A lot of my resources now are dedicated to case management of a lot of recent border-crossers from the southwest border, where we’re supporting the overflow of detainees from the border, which takes away our bed space because we have to hold detainees from the south.”


“We have to prioritize people we have in custody and see how we can free up bed space to make room for the overflow. So, any type of way to help CBP, customs and border protection, at points of entry, or the border patrol – help them with enforcement – it would definitely help the interior, because then we could focus our efforts on the criminal element that are already rooted in here.”

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