BATON ROUGE, LA – Biden’s “catch and release” immigration program has angered Louisiana leaders and residents after dozens of mostly single male border crossers were dropped off by the feds in cities across the state without warning.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul received a phone call on Friday, July 16, asking if they could accept around 60 immigrants in their shelter.
According to local news, border crossers were bussed to Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Natchez, and Monroe, Louisiana, after they were released by DHS thanks to the Biden administration’s expansive catch and release policy. https://t.co/lznK9NKYFa
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) July 24, 2021
Michael Acaldo, President of the organization, said their organization was not prepared for the immigrants:
“Unfortunately, our shelter at that time had all filled up and I understand that those being dropped off were single men mostly, maybe some single women.”
Federal authorities placed the immigrants on Greyhound buses and sent them to places like Baton Rouge without warning, telling them to go to St. Vincent de Paul for shelter.
Gee…could it have anything to do with all the Covid pos immigrants pouring across the border, & then being bussed & dropped off all around the country..
WITHOUT ANY TESTING!
These 3 states tied to 40% of COVID-19 cases nationwide this week: White Househttps://t.co/t2xOdm7Gib
— claire (@olderbutwiser20) July 23, 2021
Unable to house the immigrants, the volunteers provided them with gads of goods and toiletries. The group was eventually aided by another organization, Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention.
The organization said they were notified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that immigrants were on their way to the city.
Frances Kelley, who is a volunteer with Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention, told WAFD 9:
“We had volunteers there and there were volunteers in New Orleans that housed the ones that couldn’t get plane tickets out that same day. We want as much notice as possible when people are coming, and more volunteers are always welcome to help.”
NEW: Our FOX drone team in the Rio Grande Valley shot this video of Border Patrol dropping off bus loads of migrants at McAllen Central Bus Station where they are given bus tickets to travel out of town after they are processed & released from custody w/ NTA’s. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/xbsvrRKwid
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) July 24, 2021
Kelley added that at three other drop-off sites in Shreveport, Natchez, and Monroe, the group was not told in advance about immigrants seeking asylum in those cities:
“I don’t know if there is a legal requirement for ICE to notify the elected officials, but I always think that better communication will help ensure the safety.”
Some state leaders said they were not notified of the impending arrival of immigrants en masse. Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, Senator Bill Cassidy, and Congressman Garret Graves each said they had no advance notice.
Congressman Graves told local media:
All of a sudden if you see a surge of people that potentially don’t speak English, people who don’t have (any) idea where in our community they can be going for help, or what types of assistance are available…these people are potentially homeless like this is just unjust to be doing to folks.”
#JoeBiden and #Democrats are NOT COVID testing the floods of illegal immigrants pouring across our #OpenBorders. Of course the goal is to spread all kinds of diseases, including COVID. These folks are being bussed and flown all over America. pic.twitter.com/E47EQ4OnR7
— judy morris (@judymorris3) July 25, 2021
Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention has filed a civil rights complaint accusing ICE of not following proper guidelines for transporting immigrants to cities inside the United States. The complaint was sent to Homeland Security and to ICE.
Neither agency has offered a response.
President Biden’s “catch and release” program has led to hundreds of thousands of border crossers being bussed and flown into the interior United States. Immigrants are briefly detained, housed in local hotels, and then sent to cities across the country with a promise of showing up at asylum hearings months or years later.
According to figures cited by Breitbart News, From February 19 to April 22, the administration has flown about 7, 200 border crossers into the U.S. interior on domestic commercial flights. Immigrants are permitted to bypass security measures such as photo identification, possession of identification, and testing for COVID-19.
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Report: Illegal immigrants pouring into the United States under Biden’s ‘Catch and Release’ policy
February 6, 2021
UNITED STATES – In a stark turnaround from the Trump Administration’s hardline immigration policies, the Biden Administration has re-instituted the “Catch and Release” policy that dominated the Obama White House.
The reversal comes as a surge in illegal southern border crossings is overwhelming ICE detention facilities.
Joe Biden’s ‘Catch and Release’ Policy Opens the Southern Border. The invasion starts. https://t.co/LEZY3gfBIf
— lucky one USA. (@stewdude59) February 5, 2021
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reimplementing an Obama-era policy of releasing newly apprehended migrants back into U.S. cities. CBP blames a rising number of apprehended migrants and pandemic concerns at detention facilities.
The border rush is in part a response to President Biden’s promise of a path to citizenship and his recent executive orders limiting enforcement against illegal immigrants. On Tuesday, Biden signed another executive order ending Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy on prosecuting illegal border crossings.
Under President Biden’s immigration policy, CBP is only permitted to hold an illegal immigrant caught crossing the border for up to 72 hours before they must be released.
— AEddo Law (@AeddoLaw) February 6, 2021
After signing the order, President Biden told reporters:
“The last president of the United States issued executive orders I felt were very counterproductive to our security, counterproductive to who we are as a country, particularly in the area of immigration.
“We’re going to work to undo the moral and national shame of the previous administration that literally — not figuratively — ripped children from the arms of their families, mothers, and fathers at the border, and with no plan, none whatsoever to reunify children.”
Just after taking the oath of office on January 20, President Biden promised amnesty to all migrants living inside the United States before January 1.
The Coronavirus pandemic has also hampered the CBP’s ability to transport and house detained migrants just as a spike in border crossings is happening.
Some of the migrants now arriving at the border have expressed hope for a more welcoming arrival under the Biden administration as a reason for making the journey north.
CBP Public Affairs Officer Rod Kis said that balancing the pandemic, President Biden’s new policies, and the rush of illegal immigrants at the boarder is creating a situation where some illegal immigrants must be released into the United States. He said:
“CBP has seen a steady increase in border encounters since April 2020, which, aggravated by COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines, has caused some facilities to reach maximum safe holding capacity.
“Per longstanding practice, when long-term holding solutions aren’t possible, some migrants will be processed for removal, provided a Notice to Appear, and released into the U.S. to await a future immigration hearing.
“As the Administration reviews the current immigration process, balancing it against the ongoing pandemic, we will continue to use all current authorities to avoid keeping individuals in a congregate setting for any length of time.”
Todd Bensman, a Texas-based expert on migration with the Center for Immigration Studies, said what is happening presently is open borders:
“Catch and release, and what you’re seeing right now with no deportation or detention, that is the definition of open borders. They’re doing catch and release, which is the most powerful incentive for mass migration that exists in the world…
“[Because it ensures migrants] can live and work indefinitely inside the United States without authorization. There’ll be no kicking out of anybody, ever, under this administration. They’ve made that clear. They won’t be doing any deportations.”
Biden’s Border Approach Worsening Situation in Pinal County, AZ: Deputy Sheriff https://t.co/1x2le9SMIP via @epochtimes
So, basically, @JoeBiden @POTUS “hands-off” approach to immigration on the southern border has increased drug and sex trafficking. Good job Mr. President!!
— Neal Cage (@CageNeal) February 6, 2021
CBP is faced with a difficult situation, especially since Mexico’s government is refusing to accept migrants rejected by the U.S. Unable to detain or arrest large numbers of illegal immigrants, the CBP has begun issuing Notices to Appear and then releasing them back into U.S. border cities.
President Biden added to the pressure facing CBP by announcing that he would increase the number of refugees permitted to legally enter the country to 125,000 annually, a steep rise from the Trump Administration’s 18,000 limit.
https://t.co/NmDTPxYVkq Instead of promoting illegal immigration, Biden should defend our laws by stopping it ASAP. Most are teenagers sent illegally and should not be admitted, and the definition of “children” should be revised to indicate they have to be below 12 years of age.
— Donna Stratton (@Chirper33) February 6, 2021
The White House has also sent a request to Congress to pass legislation to create a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already living inside the United States.
According to a report in Breitbart, a Border Patrol agent told the Center for Immigration Studies:
“We are releasing hundreds from many different countries of origin because we simply don’t have enough room to hold them all. They are being released under what is called an O.R. which means ‘Own Recognizance’ – basically, a promise to arrive for their immigration hearing at some future date.
“We can’t hold them because they are crossing all day long in groups of 20 to 40, men, women, children.”
Immigration: Biden administration to propose significant increase in refugees admitted to US – CNNPolitics https://t.co/Qw1iUiRYjL
— Daniel M. Kowalski (@dkbib) February 6, 2021
The Director of Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition in Del Rio said the Inauguration of President Biden fed the surge of illegal crossings at the border.
Shon Young said his organization began receiving mostly Haitian and Cuban migrants since the day after President Biden took office:
“For some reason, the day after the inauguration, we had a big influx of people coming. So, we fired up the coalition at full speed.”
Former Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf issued a warning that the rise in border crossings is creating a “very dangerous” situation.
He explained that CBP is facing between 3,000 and 3,500 illegal crossings per day. He also mentioned that eleven Iranian citizens were arrested Monday night near San Luis, Arizona after crossing the border illegally.
Iran is one of four countries currently designated as State Sponsors of Terrorism by the United States Department of State. The three other countries are Cuba, North Korea, and Syria.
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