Friday, April 6, 2018

Trump Orders the END of Catch and Release At The Border

President Trump ordered the beginning of the END of the "catch and release" policy at the border -- the ridiculous immigration loop-hole that allows illegal aliens, caught in the US, to be released from detention pending court. Most don't ever show up for their court dates.
The memo orders the Department of Homeland Security to submit a report to the president within 45 days with a plan to end it, and a detailed list of all existing facilities, including military facilities, that could be used, modified, or repurposed to lock up illegal aliens.
The Obama administration revived the maligned illegal immigrant “catch-and-release” policy of the Bush years, ordering Border Patrol agents not to bother arresting and deporting many new illegal immigrants.
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Congress in 2016 that Homeland Security was embarrassed by the number of illegal immigrants not showing up for their deportation hearings, but instead of cracking down on the immigrants, the department ordered agents not to arrest them in the first place — meaning they no longer need to show up for court.
Mr. Judd said the releases are part of President Obama’s “priorities” program, which orders agents to worry chiefly about criminals, national security risks and illegal immigrants who came into the U.S. after Jan. 1, 2014. Mr. Judd said illegal immigrants without serious criminal convictions have learned that by claiming they came before 2014 — without even needing to show proof — they can be released immediately rather than being arrested.
“Immigration laws today [under President Obama] appear to be mere suggestions,” Mr. Judd testified to the House Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee. “That fact is well known in other countries.”

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