Douglas Andrews / October 14, 2021

Biden to ICE: Don’t Do Your Job

The administration’s unending border malfeasance knows no bounds.

The border hits just keep a-coming from the Biden administration.

For a stretch there, it at least paid lip service to the illegal immigration crisis. Now, not so much. This week, for example, we learned that the Department of Homeland Security will no longer direct its Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel to raid workplaces that employ illegal aliens. The ostensible reason for this, according to our criminally negligent DHS secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, is that ICE arrests at workplaces “could discourage illegal immigrants from reporting other unlawful employment practices in violation of a Biden administration directive.”

Here’s the actual memo, in case you’re as incredulous as we are. With this directive, the Biden administration has essentially undone Donald Trump’s effective policies and restored Barack Obama’s open borders.

The Biden administration is more interested in cracking down on American companies than illegal immigrants. But this shouldn’t surprise us. After all, Mayorkas is the guy who said back in March, “We are not saying don’t come, we’re saying don’t come now because we will be able to deliver a safe and orderly process to them as quickly as possible.”

Compare this to the Trump administration’s rather less equivocal message: Don’t come.

Remind us again what the role of the Department of Homeland Security is: to secure the homeland, or to invite a sustained invasion all along our southern border, drain our already-strapped government resources, and depress the wages of lower-skilled, largely black and brown Americans by way of a never-ending influx of cheap labor?

The answer is obvious. And handcuffing ICE only exacerbates these problems. “After the issuance of today’s memorandum effectively ending worksite enforcement — on top of other radical policy changes that are getting hard to count — one thing is clear,” said RJ Hauman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. “Secretary Mayorkas is the biggest disaster for border security and immigration enforcement in American history. Since the Biden administration cannot abolish ICE outright, Mayorkas is destroying it from within.”

And what a helpful message to send to those illegals: Don’t worry, we’re not going to enforce our immigration laws. Feel free to violate our border, take advantage of our social services, and depress our wages. And be sure to tell a few friends.

Were this news not bad enough, we also learned yesterday that, according to leaked documents received by Fox News’s Bill Melugin, “At least 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S., often with little to no supervision, by the Biden administration since March — including a broad use of limited parole authorities to make more than 30,000 eligible for work permits since August, Border Patrol documents obtained by Fox News show.” Roughly 1.4 million people have been encountered illegally crossing since Biden took office. How many more evaded capture in the first place?

Where have all these people gone? Who knows? And what’s it to ya, you racist xenophobe?

Not to worry, though. Most of these illegals — 94,570 to be exact — were released with a Notice to Return, which means that they’re required to check in with an ICE office when they get to their permanent destination. At that point, they’re allowed to stay in the country while their immigration proceedings move forward. On the other hand, as the Biden administration has made clear, they’re allowed to stay in the country anyway, so what’s the point of checking in?

We wonder whether the president might pay more attention to the nation’s illegal immigration crisis if a few busloads of dirt-poor unvaccinated brown folks showed up in his hometown of Wilmington. Or perhaps at his gated, guarded home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We’ll never know, of course. But if his blatant refusal to enforce our nation’s immigration laws isn’t an impeachable offense, we don’t know what is.

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