President Joe Biden is now moving to significantly increase the number of migrants released into the US who were, at one point, apprehended by officials for attempting to illegally enter the country.
The decision comes as Biden’s border crisis has continued to worsen, with a recent report suggesting that US officials believe they will encounter around two million migrants illegally attempting to enter the US border this year. That is more than the populations of Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming combined.
“The Biden administration anticipates that it will be releasing 400 migrant families into the country a day by mid-June as the influx of people encountered illegally crossing the border overwhelms its detention capacity,” The Washington Examiner reported.
“The 400 figure is eight times greater than the 50 families that Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement were releasing from its facilities each day early on in 2021. As of mid-March, Border Patrol agents were seeing 500 people arrive as part of a family group per day.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tweeted: “President Biden refuses to fix the crisis at the southern border. Intentional?”
Stephen Miller, a senior Advisor to former President Donald Trump, took to Twitter over the incident, posting: “BREAKING: America First Legal is serving as Outside Counsel to Texas in a lawsuit just filed against the Biden Admin. Biden’s mass release of unvaccinated, untested, covid-infected illegal migrants violates fed law+the Admin’s own covid regs. We must stop Covid Catch-and-Release.”
Illegal border crossings remained the highest in two decades for the month of April, with roughly 175,000 illegal aliens projected to be taken into US Customs and Border Patrol custody.
Fox News expanded on the initial report from the Washington Examiner, adding that the move by the Biden administration was an attempt to “cope” with Biden’s border crisis, according to the Daily Wire.
“Internal DHS communications reviewed by Fox News show that the department is developing plans to make the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program more efficient, because increasing the number of migrants enrolled in the program is becoming a priority for the department,” Fox News reported.
“The ATD program, which started in 2004, involves varying degrees of supervision for people who are going through immigration proceedings and do not have legal status. According to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement website, ATD can include methods from check-ins at local ICE centers to GPS monitoring and home visits, depending on the immigrant and their background, criminal history and other factors.”
Biden apparently admitted last week that his border crisis was, in fact, a “crisis”—a remark that he made while speaking with reporters after playing a round of golf. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki came out later and stated that Biden’s remarks did not reflect the view of the administration and that he does not believe the situation at the US border is a “crisis,” despite the president saying so.
The Biden went on to announce on Friday that it was canceling fines for illegal aliens who did not leave the US, claiming that the move to enforce immigration laws ran “counter to the agency’s best interest.”
“There is no indication that these penalties promoted compliance with noncitizens’ departure obligations,” Mayorkas said. “We can enforce our immigration laws without resorting to ineffective and unnecessary punitive measures.”
Ronna McDaniel chipped in on the issue via Twitter: “There was a 233% increase in fentanyl seizures at the southern border from this time last year. Thanks to Biden’s border crisis, fentanyl smuggling is spiking and it’s hurting communities across our country.”
It does not appear that the Biden administration has even registered the potential drug problem that is spreading throughout the southern US due to the amount of illegal immigrants coming through the border—either this, or they simply do not care.
Former Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf responded to the news by writing: “Just when you think the Biden administration’s immigration policies and agenda can’t get worse … it does.”
“How does withdrawing a consequence (i.e. fine) and holding individuals accountable when they overstay their visa and fail to depart in the best interests of DHS?” Wolf added.