A careful reading of Tae Johnson’s Feb. 18 memo reveals how ICE leadership is expending time and resources to stymie removal of illegal aliens by adding layers of administrative red tape.
“Aliens who Congress says should be removed will have not one, but two chances to show that they are not ‘priorities’ for enforcement under the arbitrary and ridiculous (and possibly unlawful) guidelines that Biden’s ICE minions have foisted on the agency’s career officers and agents,” writes Andrew Arthur, of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). “That means those aliens’ cases will either be slowed to a halt or simply dismissed.”
Johnson’s memo repeatedly cites “limited resources” as a reason for not enforcing immigration laws. Yet his directive implements a top-heavy bureaucratic case-review process led “by a senior reviewing officer based in Washington, D.C.”
In other words, “ICE has enough money to pay a high-ranking official — and likely many, many others, plus local and regional officials — to decide which aliens not to deport, at the same time it contends it lacks the money to actually deport removable aliens,” Arthur notes.
“The Biden administration is wasting … its $8 billion ICE budget deciding which aliens not to deport, based on a risible contention that ICE’s resources are ‘limited.’ It is not deporting most aliens because it doesn’t want to deport most aliens,” says Arthur, a retired immigration court judge and former legal counsel at the old Immigration and Naturalization Service.
In rescinding previous enforcement programs, such as Trump’s order “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” Team Biden “appears to be exempting all aliens from immigration enforcement,” CIS’s Rob Law concluded this week.
Meanwhile, Johnson’s boss, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejando Mayorkas, announced his intention to allow more migrants to enter the U.S. by broadening grounds for asylum claims. How’s that for stretching “limited resources”?
Two states – Arizona and Montana – have gotten wise to the ruse; they are suing the administration for failing to carry out its enforcement duties and thereby putting their states at risk. More states should follow suit.