Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued new directives to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers instructing them that migrants being in the country illegally “should not alone be the basis” for apprehending and deporting them.
“The overriding question is whether the noncitizen poses a current threat to public safety,” Mayorkas wrote in a Thursday memo to ICE, according to the Washington Post. Mayokas says the new directive, which goes into effect on November 29th, means ICE officers should not attempt to arrest and deport farmworkers, the elderly, and illegal immigrants who speak out at public demonstrations.
“Are we going to spend the time apprehending and removing the farmworker who is breaking his or her back to pick fruit that we all put on our tables?” Mayorkas said in an interview this week. “Because if we pursue that individual, we will not be spending those same resources on somebody who does, in fact, threaten our safety. And that is what this is about.”
More than 1 million illegal immigrants have been encountered by border patrol agents at the border this year according to government figures. Some Republicans have called for Biden to resign from office over the crisis including Rep.
Bob Gibbs who cited Biden’s handling of the border as part of the reason for filing articles of impeachment against the president earlier this month. “His willful negligence of the border crisis is a failure to maintain and defend American sovereignty,” Gibbs said.
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican, responded to the new directive from Mayorkas by accusing the Biden administration of welcoming illegal immigrants. “The Biden administration has welcomed the flood of illegal aliens crossing our border and is now promising those same illegal aliens that they may stay in the U.S. without repercussions,” Cotton tweeted.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton responded to the new guidance by accusing the Biden administration of having no respect for the law. “The Department of Homeland Security has chosen to hide the details of its new guidance in a smokescreen of vague language and promises of future details,” Paxton told Fox News in a statement.
“I will move forward with obtaining permanent relief against the Biden Administration’s abdication of its duty to detain criminal aliens until they are removed from our country. The Biden Administration has no respect for the law. They have created this ongoing border crisis; and, it’s becoming more and more obvious they have no intention to stop it.”
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