A review of deportation statistics by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has found that the removal of foreign criminals has fallen sharply since President Joe Biden took office.
According to Breitbart, those findings were compiled in a report which was released by the organization last Thursday.
Deportations dropped by close to 90%
“Under Biden enforcement priorities, there was a 71 percent decline in removals of deportable aliens who came to ICE’s attention due to a local criminal arrest,” the report said.
“Ten states experienced an extreme decline in enforcement of greater than 80 percent under Biden policies (Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vermont),” it continued.
“Of the 50 U.S. counties that typically have the most criminal alien removals, 14 experienced extreme declines (greater than 80 percent) under Biden policies,” the report went on to note, adding, “About one-third of these high-volume counties are in Texas.”
CIS pointed to the example of Howard County, Texas, where just half as many individuals convicted of homicide removed compared with figures from before Biden took office. Meanwhile, Howard County also saw “steep drops in removals of criminals convicted of assault, burglary, drugs, larceny, and sex offenses.”
Another glaring case was that of Gwinnett County, Georgia, where the deportation of foreign criminals declined by roughly 90%. Whereas 520 foreign criminals were deported in the months between January and September of 2019, just 53 were deported during that same time period in 2021.
El Paso, Texas saw a precipitous drop in deportations as well, going from 4,700 in the first nine months of 2019 to only 670 two years later.
Supreme Court hears arguments
In addition to scaling back deportations, Breitbart reported late last year that the Biden administration has issued “sanctuary country” orders to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel.
Under the new rules, agents are prohibited from arresting illegal aliens in certain jurisdictions unless they pose a “current threat to public safety.”
“The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen, therefore, should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them,” the order was quoted as saying.
However, Breitbart reported in March that a Trump-appointed federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the order.
The issue came before the Supreme Court late last month, and according to Fox News, Chief Justice John Roberts expressed skepticism towards the Biden administration’s position during oral arguments.
“It’s our job to say what the law is, not whether or not it can be possibly implemented or whether there are difficulties there,” Roberts said.