At least 84,500 nonwhite invaders from Central and South America have been “released” into America after being detained illegally entering the country since December 21, new data from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has revealed.
Of the 84,500 invaders released, about 14,500 have been released in the Phoenix area, 37,500 have been released in communities in south Texas, 24,000 in El Paso and 8,500 in San Diego, the data shows.
According to reports, ICE did not begin tracking the number of migrant families being released until December, when it became apparent that the spike in families arriving at the southern border was not going to slow down. The actual number released by ICE since October is likely much larger.
Meanwhile, a letter sent by the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, the the ICE union which represents its agents, to President Donald Trump, said that the Obama era order of “Catch and Release is in overdrive.”
At the current rate, DHS is releasing more than 42,000 border crossers and illegal invaders into the country about every month, and if this rate continues, by the end of 2019 DHS will have released more than half a million border crossers and illegal invaders into the U.S.
The ICE union wrote to Trump: “As you know, every day thousands of illegal aliens are being released into the United States by your Administration. ‘Catch and Release’ is not just happening, it’s in overdrive. Catch and release must continue as ICE doesn’t have sufficient custody space to hold the massive number of family units illegally entering the United States every day.
“DHS resources on the border are overwhelmed. Political games in Washington, D.C. have rendered the United States completely incapable of controlling its southern border.”
The letter continued: “Under the current circumstances, CBP Officers and Border Patrol Agents must apprehend hundreds to thousands of immigration violators each day, and process the cases of those they apprehend, to include issuing notices requiring an appearance before an immigration judge.
“Again, as there is no custody space, the hundreds to thousands apprehended each day by CBP must be released to charitable organizations that facilitate their travel to locations throughout the U.S. In a nutshell, this is ‘Catch and Release.’ And this is where the utter nonsense begins.”
Under the Catch and Release policy, immigration officials use buses to take immigrants to nearby border cities and drop them off with the promise that they will show up for their immigration and asylum hearings, sometimes years later. Most never show up. The overwhelming majority are never deported.
The letter to Trump continued: “We regretfully write to inform you that in the midst of an immigration crisis on the southern border, your Administration is squandering scarce ICE resources and playing political games with our officers, their mission, and the safety of the American public.
“On January 6, 2019, National ICE Council President Chris Crane personally alerted you to this situation and requested your assistance. To date, no assistance has been provided by your Administration.
“You frequently speak publicly of the great public safety work ICE is doing under your leadership. To be direct Mr. President — the rhetoric doesn’t match reality and we hope that this letter shows you the complete and total nonsense that is really taking place under the Trump Administration on the southern border.
“As you know, every day thousands of illegal aliens are being released into the United States by your Administration.
“CBP, with the support of DHS and ICE leadership, has determined that it will not release the thousands of immigration violators it is arresting every day on the southern border, even though all understand custody space does not exist and the detainees will be released by someone within DHS.
“CBP, with the support of DHS and ICE leadership, has tasked ICE Officers with releasing all immigration violators arrested by Border Patrol Agents and CBP Officers.
“In short, CBP refuses to permit their arresting officers (Border Patrol Agents and CBP Officers) to:
1) serve immigration violators with release paperwork and
2) open doors on vehicles transporting immigration violators for release.
“This seemingly benign policy matter is in actuality the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing as it applies to public safety, national security and the efficient management of extremely limited ICE resources on the southern border, and indeed nationwide.
“Border Patrol Agents and CBP Officers have the authority and means to issue release documents to immigration violators they apprehend.
“In fact, for each arresting officer (Border Patrol Agent or CBP Officer), serving the release document takes only a few minutes if done at the same time as all other required documents are served on the arrestee by the arresting officer.
“Understanding, as all in DHS, CBP and ICE leadership do, that ICE does not have adequate custody space, and therefore the majority of those arrested by CBP will be released, common sense would dictate that the arresting agency serve the documents for release, but again CBP refuses to do so.
“The process put in place by DHS, CBP and ICE leadership to accommodate CBP not serving the release document is extensive, and costly.
“Costly not just in the financial sense, but also costly in its massive waste of manpower, and in the way it enables so many criminals on the border to remain in U.S. communities.
“In short, it works like this:
– Since CBP directs Border Patrol Agents and CBP Officers not to serve the release document to the thousands of immigration violators they arrest every day on the southern border, which again would take only a few minutes if done by each arresting officer, Border Patrol and CBP resources are used to transport thousands of CBP detainees from within large geographic areas to a single location in that general area to be served the release document by ICE Officers.
– Because ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) is so small, and has so few officers on the southern border and indeed nationwide, ICE has in effect been forced to shut down or significantly cripple many vital ICE ERO Criminal and Terrorism apprehension efforts covering large areas on the southern border simply so ICE Officers can serve the release paperwork for CBP, this because of the massive number of immigration detainees that CBP is refusing to serve.
“- So ridiculous is the combined DHS, CBP and ICE policy, that Border Patrol Agents and contractors are prohibited from opening the doors of Border Patrol detention vans after transporting immigration detainees to a location for release.
“The Border Patrol transports the detainees for release, but ICE Officers must follow in a separate vehicle for the sole purpose of opening the doors of the van upon reaching the destination so the detainees can exit the vehicle.
“- ICE Officers from around the nation are also being pulled from Criminal and Terrorism apprehension efforts in their respective states and deployed to the southern border so that ICE has adequate resources to support opening vehicle doors for the Border Patrol and serving paperwork for CBP employees.
“Under your watch Mr. President, on the southern border, ICE Officers are being taken from Joint Terrorism Task Forces, the ICE Criminal Alien Program, the ICE Violent Criminal Alien Section, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Forces, ICE Fugitive Operations Teams, and other vital ICE enforcement programs critical to public safety and national security, simply to open van doors for the Border Patrol, and serve a single release document that could be far more quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively served by Border Patrol Agents and CBP Officers processing the cases. “Hundreds of man hours are wasted each day at a time of crisis on the border when the focus of our leadership should be streamlining efforts and eliminating redundant and unnecessary work.”