Border Patrol agents apprehend illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley sector, 2014.McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Sara Carter)

The Department of Homeland Security will turn away asylum seekers at the United States Mexico border, implementing new protocols that require illegal immigrants to wait outside the U.S. while their claims are being processed, the DHS announced Friday.

The updated DHS Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which addresses the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, the department stated the new policy will allow a review of claims made by immigrants, while they wait outside the U.S. borders.

End of Catch And Release

Border Patrol officials in the Rio Grande Valley, 2014.
(Photo: Sara Carter)

It effectively puts an end to the DHS’s “Catch and Release” policy, which encourages illegal aliens to enter the United States under false pretenses and exploit the broken immigration court system. Nine out of ten asylum claims, where immigrants cited Credible Fear, from Central America were considered fraudulent, according to Federal Immigration Judges.

President Trump said the new policy makes “Catch and Release an obsolete term.” He said, however, he is continuing to fight for the $5.7 billion in border wall funding to end the 35 day partial government shutdown.

“It is now Catch and Detain,” he said on Twitter. “Illegal immigrants trying to come to the U.S.A., often proudly flying the flag of their nation as they ask for U.S. asylum, will be detained or turned away. Dems must approve Border Security and Wall NOW!”

Why is this new policy necessary?

Illegal aliens use the loopholes in US immigration courts to enter the U.S. as family units and most times under false pretenses. Criminal traffickers ask illegal migrants to travel with unaccompanied minors so they can game the system. If the migrants arrive on U.S. soil and turn themselves into Border Patrol agents, they are usually released quickly because of the children. Further, they are given a notice to appear in court and disappear into the fabric of America, numerous ICE officers and DHS officials told 

In effect, the numbers of family units has grown, endangering the lives of young illegal migrants, say DHS officials. The failure to address the issue has led to extensive abuse of minors, human trafficking, sex trafficking and sexual assault.

DHS Said It Ended Before, Why Is This Different Now

Historically, former illegal immigrants were predominantly single adult males attempting to enter the U.S. illegally. Now over 60 percent of those crossing are family units and unaccompanied children, according to DHS statistics.

DHS officials have long complained that their hands are tied. The 2008 anti-trafficking law, which bans the department from returning unaccompanied minors to countries other than Mexico and Canada without a hearing is one of those laws. Moreover, they said the 1997 legal settlement, limiting how long undocumented children can be detained added to the problem.

Therefore, the new policy is expected to address the humanitarian crisis at the border. It is also expected to weaken the criminal trafficking organizations and drug cartels, which control the flow of illegal traffic into the U.S.

The new policy is also expected to reduce the backlog in processing asylum claims and alleviate DHS resources and personnel, said DHS officials.