WASHINGTON, DC – The Center for Immigration Studies has released a study showing that President Biden’s order halting deportations for 100 days will result in nine out of ten illegal aliens remaining inside the United States.
President Biden’s administration has already begun taking steps to shift the tone from restricting immigration to welcoming immigrants https://t.co/Yf82cHW79e
— CNN (@CNN) January 26, 2021
On January 20, President Joe Biden directed the Department of Homeland Security to halt deportations for 100 days unless the illegal alien posed a national security risk, were aggravated felons or arrived in the country since November 1, 2020.
New Biden immigration order: “Release them all.”
-14,195 detainees in custody.
-71 percent are convicted criminals or have pending criminal charges.
And this is just the beginning. https://t.co/F3bNxmyoZ7
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) January 24, 2021
In a memo to senior immigration officials, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske announced the deportation freeze and new enforcement priorities. According to the memo, Pekoske states that the administration’s focus will be on reviewing and establishing new policies. In the meantime, immigration enforcement will be curbed:
“I am directing an immediate pause on removals of any noncitizen with a final order of removal for 100 days to go into effect as soon as practical and no later than January 22, 2021.
“The pause on removals applies to any noncitizen present in the United States when this directive takes effect with a final order of removal.”
I’m proud to represent a border state. Biden’s amnesty policy would open our borders w/o any increased security measures, & it poses a huge risk to our national security & sovereignty. Once again, Dems are prioritizing illegal immigrants over Americans.https://t.co/56KDf7eDcH
— Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (@RepDLesko) January 25, 2021
Pekoske claimed the pause was taken to allow ICE and other law enforcement officers to be sent to the southern border to “surge” resources:
“The United States faces significant operational challenges at the southwest border as it is confronting the most serious global public health crisis in a century. In light of those unique circumstances, the Department must surge resources to the border.”
Joe Biden's proposed immigration bill, if passed, would remove the word "alien" from US immigration laws, replacing it with the term "noncitizen."
It's a deliberate step intended to recognize America as "a nation of immigrants." https://t.co/y2JURUfXUD
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 21, 2021
However, he also told Ice and other law enforcement officers not to conduct enforcement:
“These priorities shall apply not only to the decision to issue, serve, file, or cancel a Notice to Appear, but also to a broad range of other discretionary enforcement decisions, including deciding: whom to stop, question, and arrest; whom to detain or release; whether to settle, dismiss, appeal, or join in a motion on a case; and whether to grant deferred action or parole.”
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) January 26, 2021
The Center for Immigration Studies report, written by Jessica Vaughan, pointed out that the order means that ICE must release illegal aliens who do not meet the three narrow criteria. This requirement includes releasing those aliens convicted of domestic violence, sex offenses, drunk driving, vehicular homicide, and a multitude of other misdemeanor crimes.
In the same statement the Biden admin orders to “pause removals for certain noncitizens ordered deported,” they claim they “will continue to enforce our immigration laws.”
Pausing ordered deportations is not enforcing immigration law, it is flouting it. https://t.co/HTMDsojyiW
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 22, 2021
The Center explained:
“It means that in the next 100 days, if a local police officer arrests a previously deported gang member, even one with a serious criminal history, for a new crime that is not an aggravated felony, ICE will not be able to take action to remove that gang member again.”
In 2018, 88 percent of all interior deportations were for “non aggravated felons.” This figure shows that only about nine out of ten illegal immigrants will be deported under President Biden’s order. The center stated:
“President Biden has said that he doesn’t support ‘abolishing ICE’, but apparently he does support abolishing nearly all immigration enforcement.”
President Biden is trying to halt deportations of illegal aliens who already have a final order of removal from the U.S.
This abandons the obligation to enforce federal immigration laws.
Texas is fighting this attempt to grant blanket amnesty.https://t.co/9Zafo9151y
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 22, 2021
On Friday, Texas filed suit against the Biden administration to stop the 100-day deportation moratorium. The federal suit claims the moratorium violated an agreement signed in the final weeks of the Trump administration that required the federal government to seek state support for any immigration enforcement changes.
Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General, said:
“Failure to properly enforce the law will directly and immediately endanger our citizens and law enforcement personnel.”
During the Trump admin’s final weeks, @DHSgov quietly signed agreements with at least 4 states that threaten to temporarily derail Biden’s efforts to undo his predecessor’s immigration policies https://t.co/vNP6fRjrFC
— KTLA (@KTLA) January 26, 2021
Texas is already in a legal immigration fight, joining eight other states in seeking an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides protection for approximately 650,000 people brought to the country illegally as children.
In the DACA case, lawyers for the states argued that President Obama overstepped his executive powers by creating DACA, and that he violated the Administrative Procedure Act.
President Joe Biden is proposing removing the term "alien" from U.S. immigration laws and replacing it with the word "noncitizen," marking a stark break from the previous administration, which encouraged the use of the term "alien." https://t.co/PrKzTATbtk pic.twitter.com/e4QryGNDC2
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) January 23, 2021
The other eight states include Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina, and West Virginia. The states claim they are facing irreparable harm for having to bear the costs of supporting and educating DACA recipients.
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In the DACA case, Attorney General Paxton said:
“Our lawsuit is about the rule of law, not about the wisdom of any particular immigration. In a lawless exercise of executive power, the Obama administration attempted to bypass our elected representatives and put DACA in place by executive action.
“The debate over DACA as policy is a question for lawmakers, and any solution must come from Congress, as the Constitution requires.”
Ridiculous! By stopping border wall construction and proposing citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, Joe Biden is clearly prioritizing illegal immigrants & the left’s agenda over helping the American people who are struggling due to the pandemic.https://t.co/09KMWEmnlU
— Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (@RepDLesko) January 26, 2021
The DACA case remains in court. The U.S. Supreme Court previously ruled against President Trump’s attempt to end DACA in 2017., and a New York judge ordered DACA to be reinstated in December.
In his first week in office, President Biden has taken major steps to change the course of immigration enforcement from his predecessor’s strict stand. President Biden has ordered the stop of construction on Trump’s signature border wall along the Mexican border and lifted a ban on several travel bans, predominately with Muslim countries.
Joe Biden is pursuing an America Last agenda that will only divide our nation further.
Instead of rewarding illegal immigration, the President should focus on getting Americans back to work, kids back in school and distributing vaccines. pic.twitter.com/4KCTk7KKR1
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) January 25, 2021
President Biden is also pushing for a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants inside the United States before January 1.
As an unintended consequence of President Biden’s soft stance on immigration, a large caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants is making their way to the U.S. border. The caravan forced the Biden administration to struggle with messaging in the days leading up to his inauguration.
This is how the networks will "hold Biden accountable." NBC's Peter Alexander and ABC's Cecilia Vega press Susan Rice on pleasing the left on gun control, immigration, and fighting white nationalism, post-January 6. pic.twitter.com/2mrsMV3Hsj
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) January 26, 2021
A transition official told NBC News that the caravan should not be expected to be allowed into the United States:
“The situation at the border isn’t going to be transformed overnight. We have to provide a message that help, and hope are on the way, but coming right now does not make sense for their own safety…while we put into place processes that they may be able to access in the future.”
President Biden's immigration and border policies will lead to historic surges at our southern border that will compromise America's security and sovereignty. pic.twitter.com/ytC9i8sGA9
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) January 21, 2021
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the Biden administration was focused on people inside the country and immigrants who have been waiting at the border, not on those presently traveling to the border or recently arriving.
He said that migrants attempting to cross the border “need to understand they’re not going to be able to come into the United States immediately.”
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