President Donald Trump long complained about the number of migrants who would illegally cross into the country and then fail to show up for their immigration hearings in court. But if a new, exclusive report from Breitbart is to be believed, then the Biden administration seems to have fixed this problem.
According to a reportedly senior-level source within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP), migrant families are being swiftly released into the country without receiving any “notice to appear” in court amid a surge at the southern border that many Republicans have dubbed an all-out crisis.
“This is insane, it is another pull factor that will overwhelm us,” the CBP official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Breitbart.
“Divergence” from policy
NBC News later released a report largely confirming Breitbart’s findings. “Releasing a migrant before determining a court date for an immigration hearing, which decides whether the migrant will be deported or allowed to stay in the U.S., is a divergence from Customs and Border Protection policy,” NBC said.
Still, the outlet reported: “Some immigrants said they were being released without knowing how they would be contacted.”
According to NBC, which cited internal CBP documents in its reporting, the policy is “intended to mitigate operational challenges, including risks to national security, during significant surges of illegal migration as currently exist in the Rio Grande Valley” in Texas, where the CBP official who spoke with Breitbart currently works.
“We’ll never find most of” them
“We are creating another entirely different class of aliens we will have to deal with years from now,” the official predicted. “We will never find most of these aliens once they are released.”
The source went on: “If they are not doing this in the Laredo or Del Rio Sectors, guess what, their traffic will come here to benefit from the immediate release, this plan will likely backfire.”
The official also reportedly told Breitbart that while the policy “may be reducing the time it takes to release a family unit” into the U.S., “if we encourage more to come once they find out it is quicker here, we’ll be in the same boat again.”
Biden’s big plans
Meanwhile, Fox News reported over the weekend that the Biden administration is considering a plan to fly migrants to northern border states due to facilities near Mexico being overwhelmed. The idea led to an angry response from Republican Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale, who wrote a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller voicing his objections.
“DHS, CBP, and the Biden administration have failed to contain this crisis, and it is now greatly affecting states thousands of miles from the southern border,” Rosendale said, according to Fox News.
“As Montana’s representative in Congress, I strongly urge DHS and CBP to reconsider proposals to house illegal aliens from the southern border in the state of Montana,” he added. “I respectfully request a response to this inquiry as soon as possible, and urge DHS, CBP, and the Biden administration to increase communication with congressional representatives of the impacted districts.”