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2021 ICE Report Shows Significantly Less Arrests and Deportations Under Biden

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Despite the additional hundreds of thousands of additional migrants attempting to cross the border into the United States, Immigration and Customs Enforcement made significantly less arrests and deportations in 2021 under the Biden administration than in previous years.

The report was released Friday by ICE for the 2021 fiscal year on Friday, showing a sharp decrease in the number of arrests and deportations of illegal immigrants from previous years. ICE agents arrested 74,082 non-citizens from October 2020 through September 2021, down from 103,603 arrests in the 2020 fiscal year and 143,099 arrests in the 2019 fiscal year.

Deportations were also lower. The agency deported 59,011 non-citizens in the 2021 fiscal year, compared with 185,884 deportations in the 2020 fiscal year and 267,258 deportations during the 2019 fiscal year.

“Based on the success of FY 2021, I have every confidence ICE will continue to maintain its mission focus and achieve operational successes, while ushering in fresh organizational changes in the coming fiscal year,” ICE acting director Tae Johnson said in the report.

National Review reports:

ICE issued temporary guidance on February 18, 2021, directing agents to prioritize arrests of people deemed “threats to national security, border security and public safety.”

The 2021 fiscal year report was released after Buzzfeed News reported that Department of Homeland Security officials are planning to warn Mexico of a potential rise in migrants attempting to enter the U.S. The Biden administration has struggled to deal with record-high numbers of migrants attempting to cross the southern border, with U.S. Border Patrol encountering over 2 million migrants at the border during President Biden’s first year in office.

 Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued directives issued at the start of the new fiscal year could have further impact on ICE arrests and deportations. Mayorkas on September 30, 2021 directed ICE agents to prioritize arrests based on whether a migrant is a threat to public safety, saying “we will not work in conflict by spending resources seeking to remove those who do not pose a threat.”

Additionally, Mayorkas ordered a halt to work-site enforcement operations by ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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  1. don martin

    March 13, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Fewer arrests not less arrests. Frequent but unnecessary grammar mistake.

  2. K Misek

    March 15, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    It has gotten terrible in the border states in cities and towns. I no longer can just run to the store without being hawked by homeless foreigners begging for money. Southern Tucson every other corner has someone coming up to my car or person begging for money. I try to give food or water, but even that is met with no thankfulness. Biden and his open borders have made it scary for the elderly to be out and about. As I am older, handicap female, I am a constant target.

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Two dozen states sending National Guard troops to U.S.-Mexico border

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“The border is secure” says Vice President Kamala Harris; yet almost two dozen states are sending up to 2,500 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. The assistance is aimed at helping federal immigration officials handle the border crisis.

“Groups that support tougher immigration restrictions say the deployment of the National Guard troops will help overburdened federal agencies deal with the surge of illegal immigration”, reports the Center Square.

The deployments were requested by the U.S. Department of Defense and Republican-led states like Kentucky, South Carolina and Arkansas, as well as Democratic-led states such as Rhode Island and Illinois will all be sending assistance. Other states sending troops include Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, DOD officials said.

“Several other states – Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Washington – will be providing National Guard aviation support for border operations, according to the department.”

“The U.S. Virgin Islands has also committed National Guard troops to the mission, which is being overseen by the U.S. Northern Command.”

The Center Square reports:

The troops were requested by DOD to assist U.S. Border Patrol in dealing with a surge of illegal trafficking of people, weapons and drugs into the country. The troops will work only in support missions, a Defense Department spokesman said, and are prohibited under federal law from detaining undocumented migrants or others caught crossing into the United States illegally…

…The U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border more than 1.8 million times since October, breaking previous records, according to the agency. The Center Square, through its sources, reported in August the number of illegal entries is nearly 5 million since Biden began to occupy the White House in January 2020.

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