Biden administration once again expands locations where ICE cannot arrest illegal immigrants

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WASHINGTON, DC- A suggestion…all criminals should renounce their American citizenship and identify as illegal aliens.

Why you may ask?

Look no further than an order issued this week by inept Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, who put a host of restrictions on where immigration officers are permitted to arrest illegal aliens in the United States.

Now don’t get us wrong…we are certainly not fans of criminals…clearly. As the largest police officer owned media company in the country, we are on the side (99.9% of the time) of the police.

However our country is a nation of laws and all Americans are granted with certain inalienable rights as guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution…even criminals.

Why should illegal aliens have more rights than American citizens, even if they happen to be criminals? Ever hear of the 14th Amendment? 

Hey, maybe parents should identify as illegal aliens. That way when Merrick Garland’s FBI comes to town looking to harass parents who complain about the garbage their kids are being fed, they can claim sanctuary.

However some criminals, namely illegal aliens, have more rights than others.

This week, Mayorkas detailed certain areas, or safe spaces if you will, where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers are no longer permitted to arrest illegal aliens as part of a memorandum, the Epoch Times reported.

Previously, ICE and CBP officers were only barred from detaining people who were in the country illegally in places such a churches, hospitals, and schools. Not anymore.

Now locations, called “protected areas,” include social services establishments, including homeless shelters, anywhere where disaster or emergency relief is being provided as well as places where children gather such as playgrounds, childcare centers, and school bus stops.

“When we conduct an enforcement action [like that ever happens]—whether it is an arrest, search, service of a subpoena, or other action—we need to consider many factors, including the location in which we are conducting the action and its impact on other people and broader societal interests.

“For example, if we take an action at an emergency shelter, it is possible that noncitizens, including children, will be hesitant to visit the shelter and receive needed food and water, urgent medical attention, or other humanitarian care,” Mayorkas told ICE and CBP officers in the memo.

He cautioned officers they should avoid acting at or near a protected location.

“This principle is fundamental. We can accomplish our enforcement mission [which is do noting] without denying or limiting individuals’ access to needed medical care, children access to their schools, the displaced access to food and shelter, people of faith access to their places of worship, and more. Adherence to this principle is one bedrock of our stature as public servants,” he wrote.

Mayorkas did say there was no “bright-line definition” of what “near” means and deferred to an “exercise of judgment,” the Washington Times said.

“Our obligation to refrain, to the fullest extent possible, from conducting a law enforcement action in or near a protected area thus applies at all times and is not limited by hours or days of operation,” Mayorkas wrote.

Since old Sleepy Joe was installed in January, the United States has been overrun with illegal immigration, while contiguous to that, deportations have dropped to record lows.

By broadening the criteria under which ICE and CBP officers may not arrest or detain illegals, it adds on to Mayorkas basically banning enforcement actions in or near courthouses and at businesses. In other words, they basically completely have their hands tied.

Some critics, however, are slamming the latest move by Mayorkas and the Biden administration to tie the hands of ICE/CBP officers.

“The agency still exists, but it has been stripped of all of its functions with regard to the enforcement of immigration laws. Nearly all illegal aliens are already off-limits to enforcement due to a Sep. 30 memo, and as a result of Mayorkas’ ‘expanded and non-exhaustive list of protected areas,’ where ICE agents are permitted to do their work, the secretary has essentially nullified an entire body of constitutionally enacted laws,” said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, in a statement.

Of course the ACLU, which has been absent as governors run roughshod over citizens with COVID restrictions and Joe Biden and governors dump vaccination mandates on their citizens, weighed in to defend illegal aliens.

Naureen Shah at the ACLU claims the rule gives officers too much discretion.

“Time and again, we have seen individual ICE and CBP agents, motivated by animosity toward immigrants, distort and shirk intended reforms,” the ACLU attorney said.

ICE and CBP employees, however, say the rules will basically tie their hands, giving them little room in which to maneuver…just the way Mayorkas, Biden and the Marxist Democrats want it.

“It might have been easier for the Biden administration to list locations where immigration enforcement is actually allowed,” said Jon Feere, former chief of staff at ICE. “This is just the latest example of the Biden administration’s effort to dramatically curtail immigration enforcement by any means necessary.”

Feere says that criminals being targeted by ICE in communities have typically been released by local law enforcement authorities under sanctuary policies, and it will now be even more difficult for officers to track them down.

“I’m not sure they understand how law enforcement works, but prior to an arrest, officers have to make observations. They have to be near a location where they plan to make an arrest. This policy would seem to prohibit even basic surveillance,” he said.

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Speaking of illegals getting away with matters that American citizens don’t, we invite you to read our previous story about illegals being released into country without being tested for COVID:

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WASHINGTON, DC- Are you an American citizen who traveled out of the country for business or pleasure? You need a COVID test to enter your own country where you are a legal citizen.

International citizen arriving on an airline at a US airport? Same requirement. How about an illegal alien crossing the US-Mexico border entering the country? Nope, not so much.

This past week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas confirmed to House lawmakers this past week that border crossers who entered the country illegally are being released into the country without being tested for the Wuhan China virus, Breitbart News reported.

At a House Homeland Security Committee meeting this past Wednesday, Mayorkas was asked about the number of illegals who had been released into the interior United State since the Biden administration was sworn in and how many had tested positive for coronavirus.

Mayorkas however avoided the question and did not divulge any information to lawmakers, instead telling them he would follow up and get them the numbers. Up until now, DHS officials have refused to divulge the true number of illegals the agency has released into the interior U.S., although some sources put the number well into the thousands, Breitbart said.

At one point, Mayorkas admitted that the agency had released border crossers without testing them, which confirmed previous reports. Some towns, including smaller ones such as Brownsville, Texas which abuts the southern border have begun testing illegal border jumpers at their own expense.

“There were instances in which individuals were released,” Mayorkas said. “You mentioned Brownsville and that is an example of that.”

In early March, reports were circulating that DHS was releasing border crossers who had then tested positive for coronavirus, and yet were not required to quarantine. However many of the illegals traveled throughout the United States while carrying the virus.

Mayorkas has been all over the place, and now claims that illegals are only being tested for coronavirus “as needed.” Previously DHS officials confirmed that only illegals enrolled in the now-defunct “Remain in Mexico” program were being required to test negative for the coronavirus prior to being released.

Polls have shown that Biden’s restart of the Obama-era program of “Catch and Release” is wildly unpopular with the American people. A Harvard/Harris poll found nearly 70% of U.S. voters believe that illegal border crossers should be returned to Mexico. The Trump administration had implemented the “Remain in Mexico” program and had negotiated cooperative asylum agreements with several Central American countries.

Breitbart News has also been told by sources that Mayorkas and other top DHS officials are advocating to stop applying the Center for Disease Control’s Title 42 order to migrant families, an order which prevented thousands of illegal border crossers from being released into the interior United States.

Recently released data from DHS shows that since October of last year, nearly 327,000 illegals have been barred at the Mexican border due to Title 42. Last month, over 72,000 such people were expelled under authority of that title.

In addition, last month federal immigration officials apprehended nearly 100,000 border crossers, which was an increase of 170 percent year over year. The total number of illegals who successfully crossed the border since last October has surged past 118,000, according to an exclusive Breitbart News report.

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Law Enforcement Today has reported extensively on the current border crisis. For more on that, we invite you to:

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JAMUL, CA – According to a press release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, four Border Patrol agents were injured while pursuing a suspected human smuggler that reportedly fled from a checkpoint on Highway 94 on the evening of February 23rd. 

According to reports, a 24-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a Chevy Tahoe was pulling up to the Highway 94 checkpoint in East County San Diego at approximately 9:30 p.m. that evening, along with a 17-year-old male visibly riding on the passenger side. 

Yet, before agents working the checkpoint could make contact with the driver of the Chevy, the driver reportedly fled from the checkpoint at “a high rate of speed,” according to officials. 

This initiated a pursuit of the suspect vehicle, where the driver of the Chevy reportedly “came to an abrupt stop,” near Lyons Valley Road on Highway 94. 

As agents were trying to make contact with the driver, once again, the driver allegedly fled the area – while reportedly hitting a Border Patrol vehicle in the process. 

While the suspect was reportedly heading westbound on Highway 94, the driver of the Chevy allegedly collided with “two passing civilian vehicles ultimately incapacitating the Tahoe.”

When agents caught up with the disabled vehicle, they’d reportedly found 10 Mexican nationals that were illegally present within the country inside of the Chevy.

Officials say that the pursuit of the suspect vehicle resulted in four Border Patrol agents being injured, as well as the driver of the Chevy, the juvenile passenger, and one of the illegally present Mexican nationals also suffering minor injuries via the pursuit. 

All of those injured during the incident were reportedly treated at a nearby hospital and were released shortly thereafter. 

The unidentified driver is currently in federal custody “pending multiple criminal charges,” according to officials, with the suspect’s Chevy having also been seized. 

In other news stemming from Border Patrol agents working the same checkpoint in Jamul, on February 24th San Diego Sector agents wound up arresting an illegal immigrant in possession of a loaded firearm. 

Officials say that agents working the checkpoint were conducting an immigration inspection of the occupants inside of a white Nissan Altima, when one of the passengers searched was allegedly in possession of a loaded 22-caliber revolver. 

After further investigating, Border Patrol agents determined that the passenger allegedly in possession of the firearm was also illegally present within the country. 

The suspect was reportedly detained and is being prosecuted for possession of a firearm by an inadmissible alien. In a statement regarding the arrested suspect, Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke stated the following: 

“Great work by our agents in securing the firearm and arresting this subject. Their hard work keeps our neighborhoods safe.”

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In other immigration news, we at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on current practices being employed in an effort to dull down the appearance of there being issues ongoing at the southern border. 

And among these reported practices are efforts to simply transport detainees further inland and away from facilities situated at the border. 

Here’s that previous report from February.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Struggling with an influx of illegal immigrants answering his call at the border for eased immigration policies, the Biden administration was forced to re-open the child-only camp for illegals.

Conscious of the appearance as “kids in cages,” the administration plans to simply fly or bus more Central American migrants to homes throughout the United States.

By moving more immigrants away from the border and into the country, Biden is reportedly trying to make the false appearance that there is no border crisis.

He is also reportedly desperate not to appear to be keeping unaccompanied children in detention centers labeled as “children in cages” by his own party.

The Department of Health and Human Services released a statement Thursday stating its Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has authorized to arrange transportation for unaccompanied children to sponsors inside the U.S.:

“(ORR) has authorized programs to pay transport fees for unaccompanied children (including airline tickets), including escort transport (where necessary by airline or ORR policy) in order to facilitate release of children to approved sponsors.

“ORR care providers are authorized to use program funds to purchase airline tickets in the event that a sponsor is not able to pay fees associated with commercial airfare, and a child’s physical release would be otherwise delayed.”

NumbersUSA policy director Rosemary Jenks told Breitbart that the move is less about the backlog, and more about open borders:

“This isn’t about a backlog. This is about Biden’s policies creating a border surge … They’re getting exactly what we all knew they were going to get, which is more people coming across, including more unaccompanied children.

“So now they’re trying to figure out what to do with them because you know AOC (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D-NY)) and others are so unhappy with their ‘kids in containers’ policy that they’ve got to fly them away from the border, so nobody notices them.”

Jenks said that the Biden administration is trying to create a situation where open borders are the only alternative.

The complication the transportation of illegal migrant children across the country is trying to solve, she argues, is the appearance of a rush at the border.

This is the same strategy attempted by the Obama Administration:

“The administration wants open borders — they want anyone from around the world to come here as fast as they possibly can.”

She points out that the resulting rush is forcing officials to hide the rush by moving the illegals away from the border and into the country:

“Former President Obama knows that because when he was flying the unaccompanied children all over the country, all hell broke loose and governors started complaining, and citizens started complaining. I don’t see how anyone with a memory…would call that a win.”

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that the cost was not an issue in moving migrants away from the border.

Mayorkas was also considering using funds from the now-suspended border wall program for the transportation program.

He told ICE leadership:

“We need to prepare for border surges now. We need to begin making changes immediately. We should privilege action over cost considerations; do what is needed, and the department will work on funding afterward.

“ICE should increase the cadence of its transport and arrange for individuals to complete their processing and ATD’ing (alternatives to detention) at processing centers north of the border.”

Biden is attempting to avoid the appearance of immigrants flooding the border and being detained, especially migrant children.

The administration attacked President Trump and his administration for keeping “children in cages.”

Biden officials have been tasked with signaling to Central Americans that they will meet less restrictive policies than under the Trump Administration.

For example, on February 19, Mayorkas tweeted on the official Homeland Security Twitter site:

“For Dreamers who only know this country as home. For essential workers that power our communities. For families who have waited – apart – for far too long.

Reforming our immigration system will renew America’s promise: as a beacon of hope for a better life.”

The Washington Times reported last week that the administration is struggling to transport as many illegal immigrants into the country and away from the border as quickly as possible:

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is scrambling to find bigger airplanes and figure out more ground transport capacity for soaring numbers of illegal immigrants.”

Biden and Democrats have sounded a chorus of softening immigration enforcement since the campaign, and now they are struggling to deal with the rush while appearing in control. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that migrants should not come to the border now:

“We don’t — we have not had the time to put in place an immigration system, an immigration policy. We don’t have the processing we need at the border.  Obviously, we’re continuing to struggle with facilities to ensure that we’re abiding by COVID protocols. So, this is definitely not the time to come.”

Biden has recently been telling migrants that changes to immigration policy may take him six months before he can ease restrictions and allow migrants easier access across the border.

In the meantime, he must deal with the influx of hopeful illegals without appearing hard on immigration or soft on American workers.


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