Attempting to soften bad optics at the southwest border, the Biden administration is dispersing illegal aliens into the U.S.
Walking free under catch and release policies, rising numbers of migrants have been congregating in South Texas cities along the Rio Grande. This month, the besieged mayor of Del Rio begged Washington for relief, saying, “We do not have the resources available to house and accommodate these migrants.”
The New York Times reported that more than 1,000 illegal aliens were released into Texas in recent days. Hundreds more were given their walking papers after crossing near San Ysidro, Calif.
Since Texas has no quarantine requirement, migrants released by Border Patrol are being allowed to board buses and travel to other destinations, The Times stated. On one day, agents released 47 families in Kingsville, Texas, (125 miles from the border) and then notified an advocacy group in Houston (250 miles deeper into the U.S.) that the migrants would need assistance.
Quoting federal law enforcement sources, Breitbart News reported that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents are now relying on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to conduct migrant releases into the U.S. interior.
In something of an understatement, The Times speculated that incoming waves of migrants during a pandemic could trigger a public backlash for Biden as he works to dismantle immigration enforcement programs. Upon taking office, the new president rescinded Donald Trump’s 2017 order “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.”
As more migrants are moved around the country, former CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan says the Democratic administration’s “message is very clear.”
“Our policies on the front end are our borders are wide open. We’re gonna release you into the interior United States, and then while you remain here illegally, we’re gonna remove all ability for law enforcement to enforce the law,” said Morgan, now a senior fellow at FAIR.