President Joe Biden is seeking to further reduce deportations by asking federal prosecutors to drop charges against illegal aliens unless they are deemed a “threat to public safety”, a recently leaked internal memo reveals.
The memo, reviewed by BuzzFeed News, orders Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prosecutors to drop deportation cases against illegal aliens who are not considered a security threat national or public safety or who have not recently traveled through the United States-Mexico. frontier.
An ICE spokesperson said the memo “renews the commitment of all ICE attorneys, in the exercise of their inherent prosecutorial discretion, to advance the interests of justice and strengthen public confidence in our immigration system”.
The memo, the spokesperson said, is in coordination with the agency’s so-called ‘sanctuary country’ orders that were issued last year but have since been blocked from being implemented by a federal judge. from Ohio.
“In accordance with enforcement guidance issued by Secretary Mayorkas, ICE is focusing its civil immigration enforcement priorities on the apprehension and removal of non-citizens who pose a threat to our security. national, public safety and border security, in compliance with all legal requirements and applicable court orders,” the spokesperson said.
Those orders helped gut domestic immigration enforcement in fiscal year 2022, the latest ICE data reveals. Compared to 2019, arrests of illegal aliens have dropped by almost 50% and deportations have dropped by almost 80%.
Unpublished data from ICE shows that the Biden administration arrested 48% fewer convicted criminal illegal aliens, conducted 63% fewer deportations of convicted criminal illegal aliens and issued 46% fewer applications for ICE officers to deal with criminal illegal aliens in fiscal year 2021.
Biden’s insistence that ICE attorneys drop deportation cases against illegal aliens is almost certain to reduce the annual number of deportations out of the country’s interior.
Yet research has shown that deportations are extremely cost-effective for Americans, as deporting every illegal alien in the United States costs about six times less than what taxpayers are forced to subsidize for the $11 million to $22 million. illegal aliens of the country.
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