Biden appoints far-left sanctuary city supporter from Boston to “prosecute” illegal immigrants

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to reports, the attorney appointed to prosecute illegal immigrants facing deportation has supported sanctuary policies and represented criminal illegal immigrants in court.

President Joe Biden has appointed Kerry E. Doyle to lead the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) that is responsible for prosecuting illegal immigrants facing deportation from the United States.

The office she will lead is the largest legal program within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with over 1,250 attorneys and 290 support personnel. 

Doyle, is an immigration attorney out of Boston, Massachusetts, who famously co-filed the lawsuit against the Trump administration’s travel ban in 2017 that barred immigration to the U.S. from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Venezuela. 

Ultimately, the Supreme Court ruled the travel ban constitutional, underscoring a president’s vast authority over immigration in the national interest. Doyle’s record also extends to initiating sanctuary legislation in local communities and a critic of ICE as an enforcer of federal immigration law.

Jon Feere with the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) stated that Doyle is a “strong advocate of sanctuary policies” and has advocated for legislation that would prohibit local law enforcement from even inquiring about a suspect’s immigration status. He wrote:

“The news outlet also notes that ‘Doyle has been an outspoken critic of the agency and has led many lawsuits against it.’

Her appointment is the equivalent of putting an arsonist in charge of a fire department and the DHS inspector general will have to keep a close eye on her involvement in litigation matters to ensure there is no conflict of interest or appearance thereof.”

Feere added:

“Disturbingly, by opposing the 287(g) program Doyle is supporting the release of illegal aliens arrested for a litany of crimes in Massachusetts including manslaughter, armed carjacking, armed robbery, aggravated assault and battery, child rape, strangulation of a pregnant woman, assault and battery of a 60+/disabled person, kidnapping, home invasion, burglary, fentanyl trafficking, cocaine trafficking, carrying an unlicensed firearm, credit card and identity fraud, and drunk driving, to name a few crimes.”

In a letter to Biden, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) President Dan Stein called Doyle “the wrong person for the position at the worst possible time,” adding:

“Later, in early 2020, she advocated for a Massachusetts bill that restricted state and local law enforcement cooperation with ICE. In this push, she argued that ICE was ‘out of control’ for enforcing immigration laws against removable aliens in the United States.”

Stein stated:

“The measure would have applied sanctuary city laws statewide and sharply limited the state’s cooperation with the federal government on the deportation of illegal aliens, including criminals.

She also represented illegal aliens with criminal convictions and recently filed a petition with the ACLU to release criminal aliens on the basis of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please re-think this decision and instead focus your efforts on addressing the border crisis and enforcing our laws.”

Biden has already sought to prosecute and deport fewer illegal immigrants with executive action at ICE. In June, prosecutors with ICE were ordered to institute “prosecutorial discretion” when considering while illegal immigrants to prioritize for arrest and deportation.

Data from July showed that fewer than 4-in-10 illegal immigrants going before a federal immigration judge are being ordered deported from the U.S. as a result. 

Biden also unveiled “sanctuary country” orders that seek to protect and shield most of the 11 to 22 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. from arrest and deportation. The orders require that ICE agents not deport illegal immigrants unless they are a “current threat to public safety.”

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Report: Texas judge strikes down Biden’s “sanctuary country” orders for illegal immigrants

August 21st, 2021

TEXAS- In a ruling on Thursday, August 19th, a Texas judge struck down President Joe Biden’s “sanctuary country” orders for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

These orders, which were first announced back in February, have allowed countless criminal illegal immigrants from local, state, and federal custody to be released into the United States.

At the time, the new guidance instructed agents not to pursue illegal immigrants for arrest and deportation until they have been convicted of aggravated felonies against Americans or identified as terrorists or gang members.

Aggravated felonies include crimes such a rape, murder, child pornography, sexual abuse or a minor, trafficking firearms, and theft.

In his recent ruling, Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary nationwide injunction sought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) that prevents the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing the orders that have kept several criminal illegal immigrants in the U.S. since Biden took office. 

As a result of the orders implemented back in February, illegal immigrants who were not recently convicted of an aggravated felony in the U.S. were released into American communities instead of being turned over to ICE agents for arrest and deportation.

Tipton’s recent ruling, however, blocks DHS from continuing to implement the orders. He wrote, he part:

“Although this case involves many issues of administrative and immigration law, its core concerns whether the Executive Branch may implement a policy that directly conflicts with laws that Congress enacted.

The answer is no. In the end, through all their detailed explanations of the Executive’s seemingly unending discretion, the Government substantially undervalues the People’s grant of ‘legislative powers’ to Congress.”

The judge added:

“Because the States have demonstrated that there is a substantial likelihood that portions of the Memoranda direct Executive Branch officials to act in a way that is contrary to Sections 1226(c) and 1231(a)(2), those actions of the Memoranda cannot stand and are hereby enjoined.”

He continued:

“Additionally, the Court enjoins the sections of the Memoranda described above because the States have demonstrated a substantial likelihood that the policy concerning detention of certain aliens set forth in the Memoranda is arbitrary and capricious under the [Administrative Procedure Act] APA and the Memoranda fail to comply with the APA’s notice and comment requirement.”

The judge concluded:

“This Preliminary Injunction is granted on a nationwide basis and prohibits enforcement and implementation in every place the Government has jurisdiction to enforce and implement the January 20 and February 18 Memoranda.”

Additionally, Tipton ordered the Biden administration to provide a monthly report on the number of illegal immigrants who were released into the U.S. the previous month after ICE agents did not detain them.

The court asks for each illegal immigrants’ name, the crime they are charged and were detained for as well as the reason they were not detained by ICE agents and the ICE official who made the decision not to detain them.

Tipton ordered the nationwide preliminary injunction to remain in effect pending a final resolution in the case or “until a further Order from this Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, or the United States Supreme Court.”

The case is Texas v. U.S. No. 6:21-cv-00016 in United States District court for the Southern District of Texas. Other states, such as Florida, Montana, and Arizona have also filed lawsuits against the Biden administration.

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House Democrats pushing to defund a police program, effectively allowing criminal illegal aliens to evade deportation

May 7th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic members are asking the House Appropriations Committee to defund a vital and effective ICE and police cooperative program in order to assist illegal aliens evade apprehension and deportation.

Dozens of House Democrats led by Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) in sending a letter to the Committee asking that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 287(g) program be defunded.

“Squad” members Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Presley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) joined 28 other Democrats in signing the letter.

The 287(g) agreements allow local law enforcement agencies to enter into agreements with ICE allowing local departments to identify illegal aliens and hand them over to ICE for processing and eventual deportation.

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ICE describes the 287(g) program as “mutually beneficial”:

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 287(g) Program enhances the safety and security of communities by creating partnerships with state and local law enforcement agencies to identify and remove aliens who are amenable to removal from the United States.

The 287(g) Program continues to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from its partners. The mutually beneficial agreements allow state and local officers to act as a force multiplier in the identification, arrest, and service of warrants and detainers of incarcerated foreign-born individuals with criminal charges or convictions.”

Some of the criminal illegal aliens arrested by local police and subsequently turned over to ICE agents included those charged with drug trafficking, child rape, domestic violence, carrying a firearm without a license, aggravated assault, and felony embezzlement.

In 2019, the 287(g) program encountered 775 illegal aliens convicted for assault, 704 convicted for dangerous drugs, 145 convicted for sexual offenses/assaults, 173 convicted for obstructing police, 110 convicted for weapons offenses, and 21 convicted for homicide.

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Despite the success of the program, the lawmakers wrote that the 287(g) program should be defunded in the upcoming federal budget because it “degrades community trust in local law enforcement.”

Democratic House members wrote:

“As you begin to craft the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill, we write to ask you to eliminate funding for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency’s 287(g) program.

“It is critical for our nation to have humane immigration laws and systems that seek to build trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement, compared to a system of distrust and fear.”

The House members have joined an effort that began last month when Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) sent a letter to Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, asking him to terminate the agency’s 287(g) agreements with local law enforcement agencies.

The Democratic lawmakers wrote to Mayorkas, telling him that he must terminate the agreements:

“We write to you to urge you to immediately terminate all existing 287(g) agreements. These agreements undermine public safety and result in the racial profiling and harassment of immigrant communities.

“In order for our immigration system to properly represent our American values, it is paramount that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implement critical changes in how it seeks to enforce federal immigration law.”

In the letter to House Appropriations, the members said that continuing the program would be “irresponsible”:

“We are pleased that the 287(g) program did not receive any significant increases in funding from FY 2017 to FY 2020.

“However, with the lack of oversight, no clearly defined strategy for the 287(g) program, and a continued degradation in public trust of local law enforcement, it would be irresponsible for the federal government to continue funding this program. As such, we ask that all funding for the 287(g) program be zeroed out for FY 2022.”

President Biden, whose administration is struggling to control an immigration crisis at the southern border, has not addressed the Democrats’ call for termination of Section 287(g) agreements.

In February, a group of 60 House Democrats urged the President to end programs at the Department of Homeland Security that allowed for state and local police to assist in immigration enforcement.

Despite claims by Democratic leaders that the program needs to be defunded, those tasked with protecting the border and Americans disagree.

In his 2019 fiscal year report to Congress regarding the 287(g) program, Deputy Director and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matthew T. Albence wrote that the program has been highly successful:

“ICE firmly supports the 287(g) Program, which is a successful force multiplier in the identification and processing of aliens subject to removal from the United States.

“Participating state and local agencies allow ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations to refocus its jail screening assets in those jurisdictions to other at-large threats.”

Republicans have been critical of the administration’s handling, or failure to handle, the immigration crisis. A group of 12 Republican Senators led by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) urged the Biden administration to reconsider its immigration agenda in light of the rapidly expanding border crisis.

Elliot Spagat,  a journalist for the Associated Press, wrote in April that border encounters have soared since President Biden took office:

“Border encounters — a widely used but imperfect gauge that tells how many times U.S. authorities came across migrants — rose sharply during Donald Trump’s final months as president, from an unusually low 17,106 last April to 74,108 in December.

“They soared during President Joe Biden’s first months in office. Encounters totaled more than 172,000 in March, up from about 100,000 the previous month and the highest since March 2001.”

 

 

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