“Catch and Release” Immigration Policy is Authentic
The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing on the ongoing invasion at the southern border. After the hearing had wrapped up, the committee received information from the head of the Border Patrol union that Obama’s “catch and release” immigration policy is authentic.
The committee sent questions to Brandon Judd, President of the American Federation of Government Employees National Border Patrol Council, and Judd submitted his answers to the committee. Judd provided answers that substantiate that the U.S. Border Patrol has been instructed by the Obama administration to catch and release any person attempting to enter the U.S. illegally.
Judd made it clear that the Obama administration’s catch and release policy is a verbal policy not a written policy, and border patrol agents are expected to follow the policy. Judd wrote, “On August 26, 2015, Border Patrol Agent Andy Herdina, Thomas Nothheiser, and I met with DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to discuss these exact concerns.” The “concerns” were raised by Border Patrol agents because they were being stretched thin due to the large number of illegals attempting to cross into the U.S. on the southern border. According to Judd, Mayorkas addressed their concerns by providing the following instructions:
Why would we NTA [issue a Notice to Appear to] those we have no intention of deporting? We should not place someone in deportation proceedings, when the courts already have a 3-6 year back log.
Judd’s answers paint a picture of a border patrol that has been transformed by the Obama administration into a fed gov travel agency for illegal immigrants. Unaccompanied minors (UAC) are being intercepted at the border, but the border patrol has been ordered to process the UACs and transfer custody to their family members who are living in the U.S. illegally.
Yes, unaccompanied minors are being released to family members who are also here illegally. Many of these minors are being forced into free labor by these same family members. This is verbal direction from direct supervisors and not a written policy. Agents are being told not to ask why minors are crossing. They are ordered to do the paperwork and pass them off. This unwritten policy has been in effect since the increase of UACs being smuggled across the border caught national attention, sometime in 2014. As agents were informing their superiors that these families were paying for UACs to be smuggled across the border, the Agents were being told not to question the children.
The major takeaway from the hearing is that Obama has unilaterally abolished U.S. immigration laws. The Obama administration has opened up America’s southern border and ordered border agents to provide safe, unencumbered passage for anyone who crosses into the United States.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement in response to the information Judd provided to the Committee:
Not only has President Obama sought to undermine our immigration laws at every opportunity possible, now his political appointees have implemented a ‘catch and release’ policy that contradicts the Administration’s already weak enforcement priorities. Rather than take the steps necessary to end the border surge, the Obama Administration is encouraging more to come by forcing Border Patrol agents to release unlawful immigrants into the United States with no intention of ever removing them.
The ongoing lack of enforcement and dismantling of our immigration laws undermines both our nation’s immigration system and the American people’s faith in their government.
Rep. Goodlatte is correct, but the hearing and his statement mean nothing to Obama and his lickspittles, like Mayorkas, because laws mean nothing to them. Obama and his bureaucrats are ideologues who are on a mission to fundamentally transform America.