Mayorkas Demands ICE Agents Ignore Immigration Status When Determining Deportation Cases

The crisis at the border is not over just because the estimated 15,000 Haitians housed under the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, have been relocated into the interior of the United States by the Biden Administration. Nothing signals that fact more than recent revelations from the Washington Post. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reportedly sent out a directive instructing ICE to look past immigration status when determining if someone who broke America’s immigration laws should be deported or not.

The memo Mayorkas sent to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tae Johnson said it contained new guidelines for enforcing America’s civil immigration laws. In the memo, Mayorkas claims that the Biden Administration’s mission is to “enforce immigration law with honor and integrity.”

“Federal government officials have broad discretion to decide who should be subject to arrest, detainers, removal proceedings, and the execution of removal orders,” assured Mayorkas before admitting that that are more than 11 million illegal immigrants hiding in the United States.

Mayorkas said the United States does “not have the resources to apprehend and seek removal” of all 11 million “undocumented or otherwise removable noncitizens.” And therefore, the Department of Homeland Security needs “to exercise [its] discretion and determine whom to prioritize for immigration and enforcement action.”

He said agents need to look at the jobs illegal immigrants work to be “contributing members of our communities,” like doing “back-breaking farm work to help deliver food to our table.”

“The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen, therefore, should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them,” Mayorkas instructed. He even went as far as saying that “justice and our country’s well-being require” that ICE move away from deporting people that break immigration law to receive entry into the United States.

Panama’s Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes warned this week that a separate and larger wave (possibly totaling 60,000) is currently marching through South America in hopes of joining the millions of illegal immigrants already welcomed by the weak Biden borders. Mouynes told Axios that she had contacted several US officials attempting to get their attention and “recognize that they all are heading toward the US.”

Mayorkas pleaded in the Washington Post interview that this wasn’t about open borders but rather justice. “Are we going to spend the time apprehending and removing the farmworker who is breaking his or her back to pick fruit that we all put on our tables? Because if we pursue that individual, we will not be spending those same resources on somebody who does, in fact, threaten our safety,” said Mayorkas.


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