2012-06-09T015757Z_01_TBR13_RTRIDSP_0_MEXICO

Illegal immigration is speeding up and has been for months as amnesty talks continue on Capitol Hill. But now, Fox News has obtained documents showing illegal immigrants are getting free hotel rooms courtesy of taxpayers and are being given asylum in the United States by citing fears of drug cartels in Mexico.

A sudden influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico requesting asylum is overwhelming immigration agents in San Diego, forcing agencies to rent hotel rooms for some undocumented families and release others to cities around the U.S.

Documents obtained exclusively by Fox News show Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been paying for hotel rooms for dozens of recently arrived families to relieve overcrowding inside the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, Calif., processing centers. Some ICE employees are working overtime and others have been asked to volunteer to work weekend shifts. “Duties include intake, placements, transports and release of family groups and unaccompanied minors,” according to a memo obtained by Fox News.