The Obama administration has ordered U.S. Border Patrol agents to stand down and allow illegal immigrants crossing the Southern Border to be released without tracking. According to Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are being told to release illegal immigrants and no longer order them to appear at deportation hearings.
“We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether,” suggested agent Judd.
In testimony before the immigration subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, Judd said:
“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 Said the new policy, “makes mandatory the release, without an NTA, 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.”
They don’t have to show any proof of actually living here, and and according to Judd agents who attempt to follow the law and enforce the laws that are on the books will “be terminated.”
“The vast majority are coming because they understood that they would be allowed to stay, and that the smugglers are telling them and advertising in their home countries that if they get to the border that they will be released and allowed to stay for an indefinite amount of time,” Jessica M. Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies testified.
Judd testified that the agency was told not to track any of the illegal immigrants who were stopped at the border.
“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,” he said.
“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,” Judd concluded.