In what could be dubbed the stand-down policy, the Department of Homeland Security has ordered U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to release illegal immigrants without a notice to appear in court, a top agent said at Thursday’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security meeting.
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said the new policies are the result of the DHS and Obama administration’s “embarrassment” with its inability to control the massive influx of illegal youth crossing the border, the Washington Examiner reported.
“We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether,” Judd testified. “The willful failure to show up for court appearances by persons that were arrested and released by the Border Patrol has become an extreme embarrassment for the Department of Homeland Security. It has been so embarrassing that DHS and the U.S. attorney’s office has come up with a new policy.”
Judd argued that the embarrassment stems from the illegals’ sheer disregard for the legal process of entering the country which requires a notice to appear in court — just over half actually show up.
Apparently, the administration’s solution to this problem is simply to side-step that process altogether.
Judd said, according to the Examiner:
“[The policy] makes mandatory the release, without an NTA [notice to appear], of any person arrested by the Border Patrol for being in the country illegally, as long as they do not have a previous felony arrest conviction and as long as they claim to have been continuously in the United States since January of 2014. The operative word in this policy is ‘claim.’ The policy does not require the person to prove they have been here which is the same burden placed on them during deportation proceedings. Instead, it simply requires them to claim to have been here since January of 2014.”
“Not only do we release these individuals that by law are subject to removal proceedings, we do it without any means of tracking their whereabouts. Agents believe this exploitable policy was set in place because DHS was embarrassed at the sheer number of those who choose not to follow the law by showing up for their court appearances. In essence, we pull these persons out of the shadows and into the light just to release them right back to those same shadows from whence they came.”
“Immigration laws today appear to be mere suggestions. There are little or no consequences for breaking the laws and that fact is well-known in other countries. If government agencies like DHS or CBP are allowed to bypass Congress by legislating through policy, we might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether.”
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