Flood of illegal immigrants, lack of action from Congress forces Border Patrol agents to expand 'catch and release' practice

The flood of immigrants illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico has forced the Trump administration to expand the practice of catch and release.

What's the story?

For many years, prior to the Trump administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents would "catch and release" some portion of illegal immigrants who were caught at the border and could not be quickly processed through the deportation appeals process. The Trump administration attempted to end the practice after President Donald Trump tweeted last fall that it would institute a new "catch and detain" policy.

However, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ruled last summer that separated families were to be reunited and that family units arriving at the border could no longer be separated. Also, immigrant minors could be held no longer than 20 days which means adults with children would also be released at the same time.

Since Sabraw's ruling, family units increased to the point where CBP would detain them for up to 72 hours and let them go.

The number of families has overwhelmed detention centers that weren't designed to hold family units or children. In the past, the majority of border crossings were single adults.

Now, there's no space to hold immigrants so border agents are turning them loose on the spot. 

"Law enforcement doesn't have the resources to process and detain the crushing influx of migrants arriving at the border. As a result, they are directly releasing migrants into the United States – catch and release," House Homeland Security ranking member Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) said in a statement Monday, the Washington Examiner reported. "Without Congressional action, the situation on the ground poses a serious threat to human life and national security."

Last week, CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan urged Congress to take action and provide immediate funding and resources for the "unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis all along our Southwest border," adding that the agency would record more than 100,000 apprehensions in last month alone.

The number of illegal crossings last month reached the highest total in a decade. The agency has reached its "breaking point," McAleenan told reporters.

More than 55,000 of those apprehended in March arrived in the U.S. as family units, which must be handled differently than adults traveling on their own.

In El Paso, Texas, the churches, shelters and other organizations have reached capacity and are struggling to feed and house the families they've received. Sick children and infants have created another layer of urgency to the crisis.

What else?

Officials recently started busing thousands of immigrants to cities hundreds of miles inland where they are released at churches and bus stations as far away as San Antonio and Albuquerque, New Mexico, among others.

"We're asking volunteer doctors and nurses and community members to step up and do what the government should be doing. If this was a hurricane, FEMA would be on the ground helping," Jim Gannon, CEO and executive director of Catholic Charities in Albuquerque, told the Associated Press.

The lack of action from Congress has left authorities with no choice except to release the families into the U.S., according to officials.

"The numbers are overwhelming right now," Gregory Archambault, ICE director of enforcement and removal operations in San Diego, told the AP. "Everybody is stressed. The agency is stressed, the [local governments] are stressed, the law enforcement agencies. Everybody is stressed because there are these mass numbers of people."

Authorities have released more than 125,000 people since Dec. 21.
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  1. Forget letting TSA buy more untested microwave units for airports and start buying biometric measurement devices for the Border Patrol. Everybody caught crossing illegally should be photographed, retina scanned, DNA samples, blood sample, fingerprinted and a facial ID taken. If they have to be let go, maybe they'll be a bit more nervous about staying in country. Every welfare office, DMV, etc should also be equipped with one or two of the biometric readers to verify people that can't provide bona fide ID such as US birth certificates, green card or other paperwork to show that they are in the country legally. Profiling? Yep. Kids pick up languages really fast so even if they were brought up in a household that didn't use English, they'd be proficient enough. A 20 something with almost no English and suspicious paperwork would be somebody that needs to be vetted a lot more.

    I'm not a fan of big government databases on people, but criminals have to accept that part of their punishment will be a loss of privacy on some fronts. People trying to enter the country "informally" are criminals by definition and they know that they are breaking the law otherwise they'd just come into the US at one of the many checkpoints instead of doing so in the middle of the night in the scrubland.

    The US has the technology to implement a database to track people that have been caught crossing the border without permission. The second step is to have trip points where those the do finally make it in can be identified and, at the very least, denied services they are not entitled to. Take away the ability to get work or welfare and the lure of coming to the US drops considerably.

  2. Pack them in like sardines.....why not?

  3. Who the idiots in Washington? I'll vote for that!!!

  4. Let's use the old tried and true method....TATTOOS!!!! Preferably across their foreheads how many times they have been caught and released... cheaper than the biometrics crap any day!!! Tattoos cost pennies and are there for everyone to see...biometrics only work when you have the expensive equipment to use....and most county welfare offices don't have the dough to lay out on those kinds of machines...they ain't cheap you know...


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