- The United States is deporting undocumented immigrants who are detained at the southern border of the country to the interior of Mexico.
- This measure is being applied with the aim of reducing the possibility that these people will try to enter the United States again.
- They also argue that it will help prevent further spread of the highly contagious delta variant on US soil.
New anti-immigration measures? The US is deporting undocumented immigrants who are detained at the southern border of the country on flights that go to the interior of Mexico to prevent the re-entry of these people.
This Tuesday, Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the White House, confirmed at a press conference that this measure was being applied with the aim of reducing the possibility that these people will try to enter again.
The US is deporting undocumented immigrants to the interior of Mexico
The Biden administration is not only concerned about the recidivism of immigrants, they also argue that this measure will help prevent further spread of the highly contagious delta variant on US soil.
Since last Friday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the agency in charge of border protection and immigration in the country, began deporting families to the interior of Mexico, supported under title 42, Psaki said.
Deportations don’t end
Despite the differences in immigration policies between President Biden and Trump, when the Democrat arrived at the White House he decided to keep this rule implemented by his predecessor as it resulted from a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ).
Months ago, in the midst of the pandemic, the measure was applied with the idea of preventing the spread of the coronavirus and authorized those who entered the country illegally to expel to Mexico immediately, EFE reported.
Undocumented immigrants back to Mexico
Psaki explained that there are cases in which immigrants are transferred from one place to another on the border to where there is “more processing capacity” to be able to install them and subsequently expel them from the United States.
In addition, the Biden government accelerated the expulsion of undocumented immigrants who enter the United States and who do not request asylum or international protection, the White House spokeswoman reported.
Is Biden tougher on immigrants than Trump?
Although the southern border of the United States remains closed, thousands of undocumented immigrants continue to cross it irregularly every day. This is why the Biden government has tightened certain measures, while continuing to press for immigration reform to be approved in the Senate.
In June 2021 alone, border authorities detained 188,829 illegal immigrants trying to cross into the United States from Mexico, according to data from the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
ICE agents prefer to apply Trump deportation policies
Despite President Biden’s leanings on immigration, some agents of the Immigration and Customs Control Service (ICE) prefer to apply the previous deportation policies that former President Trump had installed. For this reason, a group of Texas sheriffs and ICE agents sued the President’s Government Joe biden since they consider “illegal and unconstitutional” the measure that invites them to soften the criteria for arresting and deporting undocumented immigrants.
The lawsuit was filed in a court for the Southern District of Texas, in Galveston, in the hope that the statement from Tae Johnson, director of ICE, in which he relaxes the rules filed by former President Trump, will be annulled. The objective of the group made up of ‘La Migra’ agents and Texas sheriffs is to cancel the new guidelines.
When the Biden Administration issued the memorandum on February 18, its purpose was to focus the efforts of immigration agencies on those undocumented immigrants who had recently entered, who represented a national security danger or who had been convicted of a serious crime.
But the plaintiffs do not agree and argue that the new guidelines force them to refrain from detaining other “extremely dangerous” undocumented immigrants unless they meet one of the “very limited categories” established by Biden.
What have been the consequences?
According to the plaintiffs, one of the great inconveniences that the new regulations have generated is that “against the opinion of the ICE officials” many undocumented persons have been released, even violating “the federal statutes that require their detention and / or expulsion.” .
As a consequence, the number of ICE arrests and deportations has dropped dramatically. From an average of 8,634 monthly arrests in 2020, it has dropped to fewer than 3,000 detainees in April, exemplify in the lawsuit.
What causes the crisis at the border
“Texas counties have experienced a dramatic increase in the influx of ‘illegal’ aliens and the criminal activity of ‘illegal’ aliens as a result of the implementation of the illegal and unconstitutional February 18 memorandum and the related suspension of enforcement of federal immigration law, ”says the lawsuit that the EFE agency replied.
For plaintiffs, this situation not only occurs in Texas, but has also generated a “crisis” along the southern border of the country, even allowing a “massive increase in illegal immigration.” As a way to ‘prove their point’ they highlight that only in May 2021 they arrested more than 180,000 immigrants, the highest figure in 20 years.
Why are the bailiffs joining the lawsuit?
Previously, Texas sheriffs could hand over undocumented detainees to ICE agents, but the February 18 memo changed the rules of the game and since then ICE officers “have not been able to take custody or issue detention requests.”
One of the most prominent criticisms of Biden’s measures is that it has prohibited cooperation between the local police and the federal agency. This is why ICE cannot take inmates into custody at sheriff’s jails for deportation. Now, the bailiffs claim that the situation has increased their operating costs.
ICE agents prefer Trump deportations
Given the arguments presented in their lawsuit, the bailiffs and agents hope that the measure will be considered “illegal” since they consider it an “excess of executive authority”. If their application is approved by the court, they hope to “fully comply with their legal obligations” regarding the detention and deportation of undocumented persons.
Meanwhile, through a release, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) released the ‘keys’ that some immigrants would have to avoid deportations. The US is deporting undocumented immigrants to the interior of Mexico.
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