The idea that President Joe Biden would govern as a “moderate” is falling apart with each passing day.
According to reports, Biden’s Homeland Security department is talking about abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement in everything but name, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Abolish ICE” goal in striking distance
The move would be a major win for the far left, which made “abolish ICE” into a rallying cry throughout Donald Trump’s presidency.
Under Trump, ICE was often blocked from doing its job by liberal opposition in so-called sanctuary cities — but Biden’s plan would make America, effectively, into a “sanctuary state.”
The plan being discussed would abolish the Enforcement and Removal Operations section of ICE, repurposing thousands of ICE agents from enforcing immigration law to working as criminal investigators instead. Effectively, ICE would be defanged but keep the name.
“This is an administrative abolishment of ICE as we currently know it,” one person with knowledge of the plan told The Washington Times.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is backing the plan, despite telling lawmakers that he has no desire to abolish ICE. Tae Johnson, the acting ICE director, also supports the plan.
Biden dismantling immigration enforcement
Some argue that ICE is being abolished already with Biden’s new administrative guidance on ICE arrests. The new rules require agents to get approval for any arrest outside of a few categories: those who pose national security risks, who recently crossed the border, or have committed “aggravated” felonies.
“The pendulum swing is so extreme,” an official told The Washington Post. “It literally feels like we’ve gone from the ability to fully enforce our immigration laws to now being told to enforce nothing.”
While Biden is dismantling immigration enforcement within America’s borders, he is also taking aggressive steps to open the border by bringing back “catch and release” and canceling Trump’s border wall.
Biden is also backing a sweeping amnesty bill that would offer citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants, and even invite those deported under Trump back to America to apply. Does Biden remember what country he’s the president of?