Border Patrol agents in Southern California have been instructed to release single adults immigrating from the Eastern Hemisphere and classify them as “hard” or “very hard” to remove.

A memo sent to Border Patrol agents in the San Diego sector, a key area for illegal crossings, directs officials to process and release single adults into the U.S. interior with a Notice to Appear/Release on Own Recognizance (NTA/OR). This directive applies to immigrants from over 100 countries in the Eastern Hemisphere, excluding Uzbekistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Georgia, Moldova, and Kyrgyzstan, according to Fox News.

First reported by The Washington Examiner, the memo contradicts a senior Biden administration official’s claim of progress in managing immigration from the Eastern Hemisphere. The official noted efforts to enhance repatriation capabilities, citing recent flights to countries like India, China, Uzbekistan, Mauritania, and Senegal.


The San Diego Sector has seen a surge in illegal crossings, reaching levels not seen since the 1990s. In April alone, 37,370 people crossed illegally through the sector, with immigrants from 98 different countries.

This increase comes as Texas implements state-level measures to curb illegal immigration, which have faced opposition from the Biden administration. Arizona Republicans are considering similar actions despite the state being governed by Democrat Katie Hobbs.

The memo surfaced after President Joe Biden signed an executive order intended to address illegal immigration. However, Texas Governor Greg Abbott criticized the order, stating it has not slowed immigration and accused the administration of misleading the public. “This is gaslighting our fellow Americans,” Abbott said, according to Fox News.