ICE and CBP Turned Into an Illegal Alien Shuttle Service

border-patrol-truck-rotator-720x480Most American taxpayers believe that the function of their immigration enforcement agencies, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), is to secure the borders and enforce immigration law. Apparently the current administration doesn’t agree. In the last days of his final term, president Obama has turned ICE and CBP into a taxpayer-funded shuttle service for illegal aliens.

Breitbart is reporting that ICE officials are releasing illegal aliens from immigration detention centers and transporting them to bus stations and airports so that they can travel to destinations across the United States. In 2014, the union that represents Border Patrol agents stated that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began allowing illegal aliens to fly on commercial airliners without valid identification. Apparently, the dangerous practice has been continued in order to facilitate the dispersal of as many of the recently-arrived illegals before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

The scam works like this: ICE or CBP apprehends illegal aliens. (In many cases the aliens intentionally seek out CBP and turn themselves in, hoping to secure immigration benefits under the latest program.) The aliens are then transported to a detention center for “processing.” Rather than conducting any in-depth background checks and detaining the aliens until they can be removed from the United States, immigration officials issue them a Notice to Appear – a document instructing them to appear before the Immigration Court for a deportation hearing. The majority then simply disappear into the interior of the United States. If they are encountered by immigration authorities again, it is usually when they are arrested by local law enforcement for committing a crime and referred to ICE.

ICE has officially acknowledged its reckless actions in a press release issued to KGNS TV in Texas, stating: “During the recent increase of individuals illegally entering the United States in south Texas, individuals who have final destinations within the U.S. are identified and transported to bus terminals and airports.”

If that seems a bit strange, it should. Nearly all illegal aliens have a final destination within the U.S. It’s extremely rare to find any transiting the lower 48 on their way to Canada or Greenland. That’s why we have ICE and CBP. Their function is to interdict illegal aliens before they reach their American terminus and remove them. Unfortunately, President Obama appears to have turned the two primary immigration enforcement agencies into a taxpayer-funded convenience for illegal aliens – many of whom may later prove to be drug traffickers, terrorists and violent criminals.

About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


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    And of course we all know these people are being screened for diseases; tuberculosis, etc. Right?

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    The left is congratulating themselves on the fact that the inauguration crowds were smaller. Of course, they threatened or encouraged disruptions and violence, which did happen, and then they wonder why people wouldn’t want to bring their families to that. Not to mention the people like Andrea Bocelli who withdrew from the entertainment because they were threatened with boycotts. Trump supporters showed up when they were supposed to, on election day. The other side did not.

    The media is carrying on about what a hero Congressman Lewis is for not attending but they are not reporting on his hypocrisy. He said this was the first one he did not attend but he also skipped Bush in 2000. During the primaries he was a Hillary supporter and he accused Bernie of lying when he said he was an early and committed civil right supporter, with Lewis saying “I never knew him and I never saw him”. As if he knew everyone in the movement. But photos showed up of Bernie getting arrested at a demonstration in the 60s. Lewis also called McCain a racist in the 2008 race. Just another Sharpton wannabe.

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      Who cares that is to accurate, the democrats never encouraged violence….just cool it off… Trump won and now let’s hope for the best…..So from now on NO COMPLAINTS from you…Trump is our president and you need to support all he decides.

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        No advice from trolls, thank you. And Madonna encouraged violence and I don’t hear anyone on the left condemning her.

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          Leland get a grip of yourself and stop being a big baby……who cares about Madonna… keep on calling troll and you are Dick Tracy!!!

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            You said Democrats don’t encourage violence and I pointed out she did and she’s a big Hillary supporter. Trump made some remark about the second amendment and that was twisted into some threat to Hillary. Madonna’s remarks can only be seen as encouraging terrorist threats. Deal with it.

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            Leland get a grip of yourself, I don’t care about Madonna nor your paranoia. The only thing I care now is that Trump gets the country moving to the right direction. Obama and democrats had their chance……now it is the Republicans time….that is it.

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    What Obama has ordered ICE and CBP to do is already a felony. This was taken verbatim from the DOJ’s own website:

    “Domestic Transporting — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(ii) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, transports, or moves or attempts to transport or move such alien within the United States by means of transportation or otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law.”

    Each offense (each illegal alien transported) is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Time for Obama and his cronies to go to prison FOREVER!

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    Illegal aliens need to fix there own country, not come to the USA. First offense should be 5 years and a fine of $5000.00. Second offensive is double and so on. If you hire a illegal aliens your fine should be $50,000.00 second offense 50 years prison,and your company will be sold and all money will be given to the border patrol.
    Hotel USA is full. We have enough problem and do not need the trash sneaking in over our boarders.

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    Gerald Williams on

    Why is this not public knowledge. If true, then I would have expected Pence/Trump to issue Executive Orders to stop and this and instead order immediate deportation of these illegals.

    What is clear, is that there must not be a path to citizenship for anyone here less than 5-10 yrs, even after the border is secure. It is obvious that the Democratic plan is to populate the country with more people who will vote Democratic. That is why this election was so important. Democrats will have to earn the vote of Americans, not take for granted using identity politics.

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      Can You Blame the ICE Agents?

      They’re sitting around the office with nothing to do on Management Orders and get low performance reports if they appear like “they’ve nothing to do”.

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      This catch and release program was going on long before Obama. I remember the albanians, Chinese, brazilians and South Americas being released and transported to bus stations and airports long before 9/11. Wake up people, this isn’t something new. The majority of the undocumented aliens (UDA’s) were going to places like New York, New Jersey and Virginia.

      Some of the uda’s were coming from countries that just had natural disasters occur so they took advantage of the temporary protection given to them by our government.

      My 2 cents

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    Alberto Quintana on

    In order to enforce the Immigration law, the Justice Department should star by arresting Obama, and bring him to trial. He is the one who created the problem. However, he also must be charge with the crime committed against Bin Laden. He used his own law and did not follows the proper procedure to enforce the law.

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      What crime us that?… Unlike your country Mr quintana, here Congress n president work together…..Not like UN Cuba?

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    Just keep in mind….I had called to ice several times to pickup one criminal alien in Boston and they always say “maybe someday we can pickup him”

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    From your article: “ICE has officially acknowledged its reckless actions in a press release issued to KGNS TV in Texas, stating: “During the recent increase of individuals illegally entering the United States in south Texas, individuals who have final destinations within the U.S. are identified and transported to bus terminals and airports.”

    Where can we see a copy of this ourselves? Thank you.

    Also, please note that that statement refers to “south Texas” specifically. The paragraph that follows it seems to be sloppy journalism, at best.

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      Just to expand on the “destinations” of the illegals, notice that their destinations are into the Interior of the USA. Why the interior? Could it be that a Democratic seed is being planted into the red States? The Dems have the coastal parts of the USA sewed up (for now), so expand into the red States. Just sayin’

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    I like to see amnstee to law abidding imgrents with full citzenships thats been 10 yr or more with no trouble that raised kidds in school and still trying to be safe family .instead we scear them most are justing wanting to work and be left alone .

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      Under what definition are they law abiding. They ignore our immigration laws and if they are working it’s because they frequently stole someone else’s SS number or made one up.

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        I agree with you Leland, Just because they have been here 10 years illegally with out gong through the process to become citizens does not justify them breaking the law. Should I run a stop sign and get caught I am given a ticket and fined. Should I not pay the fine and never did anything wrong for 10 years do you think the court would let me off for the fine I never paid? Don’t think so. The same goes for all illegals let them go through the process and pay the fees and the paperwork it takes to get here legally.

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    It is going to be a wild ride, starting Friday.
    But I will be happy with Donald Trump if he starts his term by immediately sending as many troops and border agents as necessary to secure our southern border while the wall is being built.

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      Shirley Olivas on

      On I 35 yesterday, many white mini buses with windows blacked out racing in land! Damn! Trump needs to sign something quick! Make it a federal offense to aid illegals with high fine.

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    As many reservations as so many of us had about Trump, there is one thing to keep in mind. Hillary would have likely had 2 Supreme Court nominations in her first term. The court would have set a tone of completely trashing immigration law that would have lasted decades. Law enforcement will no longer be the enemy under Trump.

    I saw an opinion piece in which the writer said that Obama was “good at calming us down”. Actually he and his wife threw gasoline on the fire every time there was an incident involving cops and black suspects. He sent representatives to Michael Brown’ s funeral in Ferguson even after we all saw a video of Brown robbing and assaulting a clerk half his size.

    There is a new report about layoffs at the Clinton Foundation. Turns out that those governments and companies are no longer interested in giving those huge amounts they did before. Naturally it’s all a coincidence because we know that money had nothing at all to do with the fact that she might be president and that the two of them wielded enormous power because of that fact. They are toast as far as influence now.

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    The LAWLESS ONE (Barack), and his dung heap of an administration, have less than two days left, but the damage they’ve done to this country will last years before it’s corrected. How awesome it would be to see these degenerates behind bars, if only, REAL JUSTICE would be served