Report: Biden’s ‘sanctuary country’ orders abolishing ICE’s mission, protecting illegal immigrants

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WASHINGTON, DC – House Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requesting documents and information on the Biden administration’s restrictions on immigration enforcement, which has led to plummeting arrests and removals of illegal aliens from the United States.

On January 12, Ranking Committee Member James Comer (R-Ky.), Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy Ranking Member Michael Cloud (R-Texas), and Oversight Republicans sent a letter to ICE Acting Director Tae Johnson requesting documents and information on the Biden Administration’s guidance restricting interior immigration enforcement.

In the letter, the lawmakers wrote:

“We write to request documents and information on the concerning trend of declining interior immigration enforcement being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as measured by decreasing interior arrests and removals from the United States.

We are concerned ICE personnel are being directed to ignore the law and no longer aggressively enforce the immigration laws of the United States in the interior of the country.

“Meanwhile, the Biden Administration’s policies have created an unprecedented crisis on the southwest border which negatively impacts border communities and the entire United States while enriching criminal cartels who profit from human smuggling and drug trafficking,” wrote the lawmakers.

“As radical, left-wing activists recklessly call to abolish ICE, it appears the Biden Administration is abolishing its mission by memorandum.”

In a press release issued by the Oversight Committee, House members wrote that the Department of Homeland Security had issued interim guidance on January 20 restricting interior immigration enforcement by its component agencies, including ICE.

The Congress members said the guidance was a strike against immigration enforcement:

“As radical, left-wing activists recklessly call to abolish ICE, it appears the Biden Administration is abolishing its mission by memorandum.”

Report: Biden's 'sanctuary country' orders abolishing ICE’s mission, protecting illegal immigrants 

Implementation of that guidance resulted in arrests and removals of illegal immigrants, dropping more than 60 percent.

Further restrictions were implemented on September 30, 2021, by the Biden administration in a final memorandum to ICE preventing ICE from performing its duties, according to the Committee members. They wrote:

“This dramatic drawdown of interior enforcement is particularly alarming in light of the security crisis along our southwest border. During Fiscal Year 2021, there were over 1.7 million encounters along the southwest land border—the highest total ever recorded.

“And this number only represents actual apprehensions. It does not account for the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who have evaded detection and made it into the interior of the United States.”

The letter made six specific demands:

  • Statistics regarding the number of aliens removed under Title 8 from the United States after an interior immigration enforcement arrest by ICE officials disaggregated by area of apprehension, nationality, and legal predicate forming the basis for the removal action.
  • Statistics regarding the number of criminal aliens apprehended by ICE disaggregated by type of crime, whether the alien was arrested and/or convicted, and whether the alien was removed from the United States.
  • All documents and communications from DHS to ICE referencing or interpreting the September30, 2021, memorandum.
  • All documents and communications containing any analysis conducted by ICE or any other DHS component regarding the impact that the September 30, 2021, memorandum will have on interior enforcement operations.
  • All guidance or training materials provided to ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officers or ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor attorneys interpreting the September 30, 2021, memorandum.
  • All documents and communications containing any analysis of the factors contributing to historically low apprehension and removal actions.

President Biden’s “sanctuary” policies on immigration have resulted in a surge of illegal southern border crossings and what critics call a handcuffing of ICE, preventing them from enforcing immigration laws.

The latest visa overstay report published by DHS this week, as reported by Breitbart News, revealed that from October 2019 to September 2020, nearly 685,000 foreign nationals who legally entered the U.S. overstayed their visas, becoming illegal aliens.

The House members wrote:

“Secretary Mayorkas then issued an updated “final” memorandum to ICE on September 30, 2021, which went into effect on November 29, 2021.

These guidelines are even more restrictive than the interim guidance, and will likely lead to an even steeper decrease in interior enforcement actions by ICE.

“Criminal activity on its own is not enough to make an illegal alien a priority. Only “current” threats are considered an enforcement priority, and only then generally because of “serious” criminal conduct.

Moreover, only those who attempt to unlawfully enter the United States after November 1, 2020, are considered border security priorities: it appears those who overstay visas and who initially entered lawfully are no longer priorities for enforcement at all.”

In addition to Rep. Comer and Rep. Cloud, the letter was signed by Republican Representatives Jody Hice, Ralph Norman, Glenn S. Grothman, Nancy Mace, Jim Jordan, Bob Gibbs, Pete Sessions,  Fred Keller, Andy Biggs, Andrew S. Clyde,  Scott Franklin, Jake LaTurner, Pat Fallon, Yvette Herrell, Byron Donalds, Clay Higgins, and Virginia A. Foxx.

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Protecting criminals: ICE arrests fall to one every two months per officer under Biden open immigration policies

November 27, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – There were just 20,858 immigration arrests in the interior of the United States in the six months since the Biden administration announced new rules limiting which illegal immigrants could be targeted by ICE, or an average of just one arrest every two months for each deportation officer.

That number is substantially lower than during the Trump administration, when agents averaged two arrests each month. The numbers are dramatically lower than when President Biden was Vice President in the Obama administration, when the rate was an average of four arrests every month.

In a report submitted in a government court filing defending the Biden administration’s limits on when immigration officials could pursue and arrest illegal immigrants inside the United States, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said from Feb. 18 to Sept. 16, it authorized 57 automatic national security arrests, 3,696 border cases, 9,918 felony or public safety cases.

Under the President’s orders through Homeland Security, only immigrants without documentation who are considered national security threats, recent border crossers or aggravated felons are automatic arrest and deportation priorities.

In September, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the new enforcement policy in a memo:

“Enforcement priorities for apprehension and removal remain focused on noncitizens who are a threat to our national security, public safety, and border security.”

ICE agents targeting an illegal alien not meeting Biden’s criteria must obtain prior approval by submitting justification for the targeting.

Since the policy was created, senior officials have only authorized 7,157 requests outside of the automatic priorities, according to the filing.

Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, called the numbers “shocking”:

“These numbers are shockingly low. They have accomplished their goal of abolishing immigration enforcement by memo.”

Vaughan will soon issue a report detailing that ICE deportations are also significantly lower than during the two previous administrations, according to the Washington Times.

Her report is expected to reveal that deportations are only averaging about 3,000 per month since Biden took office.

The Washington-based National Immigration Forum in October hailed reduced ICE enforcement as “good progress” and “a sign of what happens when law enforcement focuses on public safety threats.

Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) disagreed in a tweet:

“By drastically reducing enforcement of immigration law within the U.S., despite record illegal immigration, the Biden Administration is elevating the interests of illegal aliens over the rights of Americans.”

In addition to restrictions on who can be targeted for deportation, the DHS recently announced new sensitive location enforcement guidance. Effective in October, U.S. immigration agents are now expected to avoid enforcement in places like rallies, religious ceremonies, and places where children gather, among others.

The Biden administration has also previously pledged to stop workplace ICE raids and shift agents’ focus to employers who are hiring and exploiting undocumented workers.

The National Immigration Law Center called the new immigration policies a way to stop ICE, who they claim has “terrorized” the community:

“The ways in which ICE has terrorized our communities can never be undone.

“Though we applaud this worksite enforcement news — it will take a long time to build trust in our communities after years of violent raids.”

Republicans have accused the administration of trying to abolish ICE “from within.” In a letter signed by 46 House Republicans addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the Congressmembers said:

“While not directly giving in to the radical Left’s calls to abolish ICE, by halting immigration enforcement actions conducted by the agency, it is clear you are seeking to in effect abolish ICE from within.

“Your actions will further exacerbate the ongoing humanitarian, public health, and national security crisis taking place at our southern border and further incentivize lawlessness. We strongly urge you to rescind these misguided memoranda, faithfully enforce our nation’s immigration laws, and empower ICE personnel to continue the critical work they do.”

The letter, led by Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT), was signed by 45 House Republicans, including Reps. Andy Biggs( R-AZ), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Yvette Herrell (R-NM), and Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY).

 

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