Cruz: Biden’s ‘most radical immigration plan proposed in history’ bringing in ‘criminals, murderers, rapists’

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HOUSTON, TX – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused the Biden administration of moving rapidly toward open borders during a radio interview yesterday. Cruz said Biden’s immigration plan is the “most radical” plan ever proposed.

Cruz blasted Biden’s attempts to halt deportations of illegal immigrants living in the United States. A Department of Homeland Security memo ordered by Biden issued on his first day in office instructed immigration deportations to be paused pending reviews of ICE policies.

The policy was blocked by a preliminary injunction issued by a judge in January. U.S. District Judge Drew B. Tipton of the Southern District of Texas issued a second injunction against the pause on Tuesday. Judge Tipton said that the administration could conduct the review but “a need to assess priorities does not necessarily mean a pause on government functions.”

During an interview on the Michael Berry Show, Cruz said the Biden administration wants to return all deported persons back to the United States, regardless of criminal history:

“You look at the Biden immigration plan which was put out, is the most radical immigration plan any administration has proposed in history.

“They have proposed allowing every single person who was deported from this country for the last four years to come back…and by the way, they don’t make exceptions for criminals, for murderers, for rapists.

“I mean it’s utterly bizarre to have a federal administration refusing to enforce the law against violent criminals and frankly it makes our country more dangerous, it makes Texas more dangerous…”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas signaled the administration’s light-handed approach to immigration during his Senate confirmation hearing in early February.

When asked what message he had for migrant caravans headed to the United States border expecting a more welcoming country than when Donald Trump was president, Mayorkas responded:

“There’s a commitment to follow our asylum laws, to enforce our asylum laws, and that means to provide humanitarian relief for those individuals who qualify for it under the law.”

His comments, and others made by Biden officials, have been received as invitations to come to the border by migrants. Honduran migrant Marlon Lopez told CNN in January that then-President-elect Biden was “going to help all of us. (Biden) has given us 100 days to get to the U.S. I’m here today because I’m dreaming to get to the U.S.”

Cruz said that Biden is moving rapidly toward open borders, and does not care who gets let into the country:

“We are a nation of immigrants and there are wonderful people who come here and come here legally. There’s a right way to come.

“But today’s Democratic Party has been radicalized where they’re you know, they’re not even willing to enforce the law against violent criminals who are committing horrific crimes.”

Cruz’s criticism comes at a delicate time for President Biden and the Democrats, who spent most of the presidential campaign in 2020 attacking the Trump administration for detaining children at the border. The Biden administration is struggling to control a surge at the border brought on by his promises of leniency on immigration. Biden had to re-open a controversial children’s detention center along the border this week, and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed the detention was necessary because of COVID-19 protocols.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd refuted Psaki’s explanation for the change in policy stating:

“Today, Jen Psaki said the administration could not hold the children in other locations due to the Covid protocols including social distancing, but what she didn’t tell the media was that the children in (Border Patrol’s) custody were being held in conditions that have nearly no way to social distance.

“The hypocrisy from the left and the mainstream media indeed shows they care nothing for the children they used as pawns to attack President Trump. They are being held in the same locations they accused the Trump administration of inhuman acts when they said he was holding ‘kids in cages.’”

Immigration Reform Law Institute representative Dale Wilcox did not hold back when he was asked about Biden’s immigration plan, calling it:

“A bizarre and sinister attempt to shutter our entire immigration law enforcement system.”

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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.

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.

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.”

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