In Tuesday’s hearing on the border crisis, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), pointed directly to the Department of Homeland Security and the Biden administration for the uncontrollable situation.
“The most solemn responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security is to protect the people of the United States…in choosing to actively ignore the immigration laws passed by Congress and in choosing to pursue policies that encourage unprecedented levels of uncontrolled illegal immigration to the United States, this Administration and this DHS have failed on both counts,” Grassley said.
In the hearing, which featured DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas who has increasingly come under fire over border security, Grassley noted that federal authorities have apprehended more than 1.4 million migrants since President Biden took office.
Calling the US-Mexico border a “sorry state of affairs” Grassley says the situation was not only “entirely preventable” but “also entirely predictable.” The senior Senator mentioned specific policies implemented by Biden which led to the crisis. Many of Biden’s problematic actions were “rolling back or reversing” former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
”When you terminate physical barrier construction, severely restrict the ability of ICE to deport illegal immigrants, terminate the ’ Remain in Mexico ’ program, roll back asylum cooperative agreements, gut Title 42, and openly support sanctuary city policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when there’s a surge at the southern border,” Grassley said in his opening remarks.
“When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that,” Grassley added.
“When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands,” the senator went on. Referencing the roughly one-and-a-half million people who have illegally crossed the border into the United States, Grassley said, “That on its own is an astounding number.”
“It’s greater than the individual populations of Wyoming, Alaska, Vermont, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Montana, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Washington, DC. It’s twice as large as the Des Moines, Iowa, metro area. And that doesn’t include the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who got away.”
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Report: Deportations Dropped By 90% Under President Biden
Deportations of illegal immigrants have dropped by 90% under President Biden, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
“Immigration enforcement, as measured by the number of aliens removed from the country, has collapsed to the lowest level since the mid-1990s, according to ICE deportation records the Center has obtained. Under policies imposed by the Biden administration, removals dropped by 80 percent since last year’s low point during the pandemic lockdown, and by 90 percent since 2019, the last normal year for ICE operations,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, said in the report.
The report explained that, “Under Biden Policies, ICE Removals Have Plummeted to a Fraction of Normal Levels. On his first day of office (January 20, 2021), President Biden issued a directive halting virtually all deportations for 100 days and greatly restricting immigration enforcement activity. Following a lawsuit by Texas asserting grave fiscal and public safety harm to its citizens from a near-suspension of federal immigration enforcement, within two weeks federal judge Drew Tipton halted the deportation freeze and later enjoined it indefinitely pending further legal action.”
“The restrictions on other enforcement actions have remained in place with some minor modifications, meaning that, in effect, ICE has been limited to removing known or suspected terrorists, aliens convicted of very serious crimes (mostly those defined as ‘aggravated felons’), and recent illegal arrivals,” the report added.
“The number of aliens removed who had serious criminal convictions also has declined by over 50 percent from 2020 and by 65 percent since 2019,” the report observed.
The Biden administration’s restrictions on ICE have resulted in the highest levels of illegal immigration on record as the agency has been “functionally abolished.”
The Washington Post reported, “ICE under President Biden is an agency on probation. The new administration has rejected calls from some Democrats to eliminate the agency entirely, but Biden has placed ICE deportation officers on a leash so tight that some say their work is being functionally abolished.”
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