Thomas Gallatin / August 2, 2021

Woeful Immigration Enforcement Worsens Crisis

ICE touts 12,500 deportations while releasing 50,000 illegals into the U.S. without court dates.

More than 300 illegal alien sex offenders have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since June 4 as part of Operation SOAR (Sex Offender Arrest and Removal). Acting ICE Director Tae Johnson stated, “Our officers have prioritized the arrest of noncitizens who pose the greatest threat to the security and safety of our communities.” He added, “By focusing our resources on those who have committed sex crimes and demonstrated predatory behavior, we reinforce our steadfast commitment to enhancing public safety across the United States.”

The trouble is that the Biden administration refuses to shut down the border even as hundreds of thousands of illegals continue to pour across. Furthermore, Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has stopped even providing court dates for illegal aliens. ICE has released some 50,000 illegals who recently crossed into the U.S. without court dates and has instead given them “addresses and contacts for ICE offices across the country” where they are “told to report to one of them.” And how successful has this move proven to be? Well, if the aim is to get illegals to show up, then it has been an abysmal failure, as only 6,700 (13%) have ventured to do so. It’s almost as if the Biden administration’s goal is to ensure that these illegals don’t show up.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration absurdly touts its immigration policy as a successful and “humane” effort to get “tough” on illegal immigration — unlike the “prior administration’s cruel and reckless immigration polices.” As evidence, Biden’s DHS pointed to some 12,500 illegal aliens it has deported thus far. Never mind that including July’s number over a million migrants have been caught illegally crossing the southern U.S. border since Biden took office (no one knows how many more illegals have crossed and not been caught).

Of course, if one is a Cuban fleeing the island’s brutal communist dictatorship, then the Biden administration is eager and vigilant in ensuring no entry into the U.S. That reality was recently brought to bear against 27 Cuban nationals who were intercepted last week by the U.S. Coast Guard a few miles off the coast of Florida in their makeshift boats and subsequently sent back to Cuba. Those refugees are sure to face severe retribution from their communist overlords for daring to seek freedom, but the Biden administration justifies the decision on the grounds that traveling across the open ocean is dangerous. “The time is never right to attempt migration by sea,” says DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “To those who risk their lives doing so, this risk is not worth taking. Allow me to be clear: If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States.”

The effective message is this: Crossing hundreds of miles over a desert infested with feuding drug lords whose coyotes prey on migrants by using them to move illicit drugs and other nefarious purposes is a-okay and “safe,” but Cubans aren’t allowed to flee legitimate political oppression. Talk about hypocrisy. This has everything to do with politics and nothing to do with feigned humanitarian concerns.

Amazingly, the Biden administration is determined to further fuel Central America’s migration train. Vice President Kamala Harris ridiculously contends that seeking to shut down the U.S. border should only come after the “root cause” for migration has been solved. This is exactly backwards, but then again, that appears to be the Biden administration’s actual plan. Case in point is the Justice Department’s threat to sue Texas over Governor Greg Abbott’s order aimed at preventing the spread of COVID from illegal aliens.

(Updated.)

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