Report: Mexico terminates Trump-era cooperation at border, stops accepting return of illegal immigrants

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MEXICO – Based upon a recent report from the Washington Post, it appears as though the Mexican government has stopped accepting the return of many individuals caught illegally crossing into the United States.

However, there’s reportedly some level of inconsistently being reported with the application.

According to the Washington Post, the following was written about the abandoning of a “Trump-era” health order relating to returning individuals illegally crossing into the United States:

“The Mexican government has stopped taking back Central American families “expelled” at the U.S. border under a Trump-era emergency health order related to the coronavirus, a shift that has prompted U.S. Customs and Border Protection to release more parents and children into the U.S. interior, according to five U.S. officials.”

Obviously, with the Mexican government backpedaling on this previously established effort, this would realistically create a situation where releases “into the U.S. interior” are inevitable when detention centers fill up to maximum capacity – clearly, people would have to go somewhere.

But according to this report within the Washington Post, Mexico’s enforcement of this newly adopted practice has been a little bit disparate:  

“Mexico’s new policy has been applied unevenly. In Nogales, for example, families continued to be returned to Mexico — deposited on the streets rather than taken to family shelters. In a number of border cities, families continue to be returned to Mexico.”

According to a statement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which was featured in the Washington Post piece, the agency has been dealing with increased illegal crossings since April of 2020 that reaffirms facilities are reaching their “maximum” capacity:

“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. Whenever feasible we are seeking alternatives to detention in cases where the law allows.”

Despite desperate application of this newfound practice, apparently the Mexican government is still at least accepting the return of single adults, according to the Washington Post.

Back in March of 2020, President Trump had utilized Title 42 in order to expedite expulsions from the country of migrants who illegally crossed either from the northern border or the southern border of the United States.

During the 2020 fiscal year after the enactment of title 42 expulsions, which spanned between March and September of that year, there were over 197,000 southern border expulsions under Title 42 and 328 Title 42 expulsions from the northern border.

What with the new administration in the White House, President Joe Biden’s executive order that was dubbed as the “Establishment of Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families” effort is likely going to result in further increases in illegal crossings in the United States.

With this reunification of families executive order effectively changing the manner in which federal agencies are tasked with apprehending and detaining people who illegally cross into the United States, there are concerns that there could be an increase in illegal entries due to this executive order somewhat providing a bit of a loophole that would be appealing to coyotes looking to sell the dream of illegally crossing into the United States.

Needless to say, this new administration’s approach on all matters related to immigration – both legal and illegal – is a far cry from the previous administration’s approach.

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Back in January, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report on the massive amounts of confusion that President Biden’s executive orders on immigration have caused. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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WASHINGTON, DC- Richard Andrew Cloward and his wife Frances Fox Piven had nothing on Joe Biden.

Cloward and Piven developed something called the Cloward-Piven strategy, which seeks to destroy capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy. Basically throw as much mud as possible at the wall and see what sticks. This is government under Joe Biden.

By issuing dozens of executive orders in around a week, it is hard to keep up with the damage Biden is doing to the country. Among Biden’s directives is one that will have a significant impact on our border security. Let us explain.

According to Breitbart News, Biden signed two executive orders, released through a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo which has left Immigration and Customs Enforcement confused as to their enforcement duties.

Former ICE Director Thomas Homan told Breitbart that, “It’s a mess,” speaking of Biden’s orders and directed toward the agency’s staff.

Biden’s order bans the agency from deporting nearly all illegal aliens for 100 days, an order which has at least been temporarily blocked by a federal judge. The executive order would ban deportation of all illegal aliens with the exception of those convicted of “aggravated felonies.”

The directive would also ban ICE agents from arresting illegal aliens who are not convicted felons, known or suspected terrorists, or newly-arrived border jumpers, Breitbart said.

Sources told Breitbart that the memo has led to mass confusion at the DHS, with no direction offered as to how ICE agents can arrest and detain illegal aliens who have not yet been convicted of aggravated felonies, with no end goal for their removal. ICE facilities are not set up for long-term detention.

“If an MS-13 gang member gets arrested for child rape, ICE can’t take him because he hasn’t been convicted,” Homan said.

“Even if he has a final order for removal, if he posts bond, ICE cannot touch him.”

This is merely another example of Democrats, in this case embodied in the person of Joe Biden throwing down with criminals while screwing over law enforcement.

The memo, Homan noted, was poorly written, and received no input from the immigration division at DHS for input, Homan said. Biden’s choice as deputy of the Domestic Policy Council for Immigration, Esther Olavarria is believed to have helped draft the memo, although she was not a signatory to the document.

“Nobody with immigration enforcement experience was at the table when they were writing this memo,’ Homan said.

Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy at the Center for Immigration Studies noted that DHS would typically conduct a conference call with a number of the agency’s officials prior to issuance of such a directive and noted that none of the typical protocol was followed in this case.

“I’ve talked to ICE officers in the field who said they are completely confused and concerned and as a result the managers told them to do nothing because nobody knows what they can do,” Vaughan told Breitbart.

“The language is not specific…there was no trainings or briefings.”

“’Confusion’ is the word I’ve heard most often from my ICE sources,” Vaughan continued.

An internal email which noted to “release them all” created a great deal of confusion at the agency, causing many at ICE to be “taken aback,” Breitbart said. The federal government later attempted to clarify that message, claiming it was only in reference to detainees at high risk of contracting the Chinese coronavirus.

Breitbart said they reached out to ICE, where an official seemed unclear about what the internal email had suggested.

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues to make custody determinations on a case by case basis, in accordance with U.S. law and Department of Homeland Security policy,” the unnamed official said.

“During the course of routine operations, individuals can be released from custody based on the particular facts and circumstances of their cases,” the official continued.

“Additionally, during the COVID-19 pandemic, ICE continues to release detainees when possible or when directed by court order to maintain a detention capacity at or below 75% recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

In addition to the memo, Biden directed DHS to stop the “Remain in Mexico” policy implemented under President Trump, where illegals entering the U.S. were returned to Mexico while the U.S. processed their asylum claims. Trump’s directive effectively ended the policy of illegal border crossers being released into the interior of the U.S.

Meanwhile, thousands of migrants have been approaching the United States border with Mexico, emboldened by Biden’s promise to basically open up the country’s borders to anyone wishing to enter without penalty.

Immigration officials are currently trying to figure out how they will handle the anticipated influx of illegals into the country either seeking asylum or just deciding they want to come here and take advantage of the Democrats’ “Welcome to America” policy.

Since October, the number of apprehensions at the southern border has exploded, with nearly 208,000 illegal border crossers being apprehended in the first quarter of FY 2021—the highest level of illegal immigration over this time period in 20 years.

So what you have is millions of American citizens who are out of work due to the policies of Democrat governors and Biden welcoming illegals into the country who will be completing for a smaller number of jobs.

Welcome to Joe Biden’s America.

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