President Joe Biden signed a slew of new executive orders shortly after taking office last week, with several of them pertaining to the issue of immigration.
Specifically, Biden moved to stop the construction of his predecessor’s infamous wall along America’s southern border, lifted a Trump-era ban on travel from a number of foreign countries, and announced a 100-day freeze on deportations. But according to one former official, the new president isn’t acting lawfully.
Chad Wolf, who served as acting Homeland Security secretary under former President Donald Trump, offered a harsh assessment of the new commander-in-chief’s policies during an appearance this weekend on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures.
“It’s very dangerous”
According to Fox, Wolf was particularly worried about the moratorium on deportations. “Absolutely it goes against the law,” he insisted Sunday.
Of course, the former Homeland Security official said Biden’s other moves are also “very, very concerning.”
“They’re moving resources to the border to process immigration, to process asylum claims,” he said, according to Fox. “I think in a COVID-like environment that’s very dangerous.”
“This is about homeland security,” the former acting secretary went on, noting that the issue is “not just good policy for politics.”
“They need to make sure that that border is secure, that we don’t go back to catch and release, that we’re not releasing individuals that may have COVID into American border communities to put additional strain on our health care system,” Wolf declared, according to Fox.
“Hopefully they’re looking at all that, they’re understanding that,” he concluded. “It’s very dangerous and it’s very complex.”
“Change the culture”
In recent years, the Democratic Party’s progressive base has become significantly aggressive on the issue of immigration, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) telling constituents in 2019, “I think that all people should be free to be here and in our communities.”
Biden himself has even pledged to go easy on illegal aliens who are facing criminal charges, including DUI. During an interview with Vice News in December 2019, the now-president promised to fire Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who detain immigrants for crimes less serious than felonies, calling it a way to “change the culture.”
“You change the culture by saying you are going to get fired,” Biden said, according to National Review. “You are fired if, in fact, you do that. You only arrest for the purpose of dealing with a felony that’s committed, and I don’t count drunk driving as a felony.”