Biden Border Policies Force ICE Deportations to Plummet in April
New rules narrow Immigration and Customs Enforcement powers
The powers of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have greatly diminished due to new policies enforced by the Biden Administration, as the agency reveals it has deported less than 3,000 illegal immigrants in April.
Just 2,962 illegal immigrants were deported in April, an ICE spokesperson said.
This is the first time the number had dipped below 3,000 amid a massive migration surge at the border under Joe Biden's watch, The Washington Post reported.
A spokesperson said in a statement:
"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has concentrated its limited law enforcement resources on threats to national security, border security, and public safety.
"This has allowed ICE to focus on the quality of enforcement actions and how they further the security and safety of our communities rather than the simple quantity of arrests and removals."
Last year during Biden's 2020 presidential campaign, he promised a 100-day moratorium on deportations.
A judge blocked the move in response to a lawsuit from Texas, which argued it breached an agreement set up in the final days of the Trump administration.
In February, Biden issued new guidance for ICE, which cut down immigration enforcement priorities to illegal immigrants.
Those priorities were:
- National security threats
- Recent border crossers convicted of an "aggravated felony."
ICE agents are now required to seek preapproval from a superior in order to make arrests.
The DHS has also banned ICE from making arrests at or near courthouses.
The new rules have seen a dramatic drop in both arrests and deportations.
According to the latest ICE numbers, arrests also dropped from 5,118 in January to just over 2,000 in April.
Last month, the Biden administration instructed ICE agents to censor reports with specific facts involving the arrest of criminal illegal aliens.
An ICE Enforcement and Removal officer told Breitbart Texas that agents were told to redact the information before submission to Immigration Courts or the public as part of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The anonymous source said the insertions are meant to hide the truth when criminal aliens are released instead of deported after crimes.
The emails from the Acting Assistant Director of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations reads in part:
As information related to enforcement priority determinations may not be final at the time a case is processed and may further develop over time, please do not include this information in the I-213 narrative.
When this information is included in the I-213 please be aware of the need to redact that information when it is filed with EOIR/Immigration Judges or turned over in FOIA requests.