Democrat President Joe Biden’s border crisis is growing worse every day, and reporters are beginning to question the transparency of the Biden administration as new information reveals how disastrously the crisis is being handled.
“It’s now been three weeks since I think in this room, you were first asked about getting us some press access,” a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. “Why [have] we still not [seen] any images inside these facilities?”
“We remain committed to doing that, and I think these facilities are overseeing — HHS, of course, oversees the shelters,” Psaki replied. “The DHS oversees the border patrol facilities, and we want to work with them to ensure we can do it, respecting the privacy and obviously the health protocols required by COVID.”
“But even given COVID protocols, and obviously privacy concerns, even you all haven’t released any images that you obviously could redact if you wanted to,” the reporter pressed.
“Again, we remain committed to sharing with all of you data on the number of kids crossing the border, the steps we’re taking, the work we’re doing to open up facilities, our own bar we’re setting for ourselves and improving and expediting the timeline, and the treatment of these children,” Psaki replied. “We remain committed to transparency. I don’t have an update for you on the timeline for access, but it’s certainly something we support.”
Psaki’s claim that the Biden administration is “committed to transparency” is undermined by the actions of the Biden administration. President Biden lied repeatedly this week in an ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos, claiming that his administration is not holding children in cells or taking them away from their family.
“What do you do with an unaccompanied child that comes to the border. Do you repeat what Trump did, take them from their mothers, move them away, but hold them in cells, etc.? We’re not doing that,” Biden falsely claimed.
Biden’s lie came after it was reported that more than 4,000 children were being held in custody at the southern border. That number was later found to be nowhere near the real number, which is over 300% higher at more than 13,000 children in custody at the southern border.
CBS News Norah O’Donnell tweeted about the discovery, revealing that the children “are being held in U.S. custody for an average of 120 hours,” nearly double the legal limit.
CBS News has learned that 13,000+ unaccompanied minors are being held in U.S. custody for an average of 120 hours, far longer than the 72 hours allowed by law.
— Norah O'Donnell ???????? (@NorahODonnell) March 16, 2021
“Migrant children are being forced to sleep on gym mats with foil sheets and go for days without showering as the Border Patrol struggles to handle thousands of young Central Americans who are surging across the southwestern border, some of them as young as a year old,” The New York Times reported this week. “Many of the children interviewed by … lawyers in recent days said they had not been allowed outdoors for days on end, confined to an overcrowded tent.”
Mayorkas, DHS Further Diminish ICE Powers by Limiting Worksite Raids; Blame ‘Exploitative Employers’
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has just taken even more responsibility off illegal immigrants and placed it on the shoulders of employers and ICE instead. In a memo to acting ICE Director Tae Johnson, “Mayorkas argued that enforcement operations could be more effective when directed at employers of illegal immigrants, instead of immigrants themselves” reports National Review.
“The deployment of mass worksite operations, sometimes resulting in the simultaneous arrest of hundreds of workers, was not focused on the most pernicious aspect of our country’s unauthorized employment challenge: exploitative employers. These highly visible operations misallocated enforcement resources while chilling, and even serving as a tool of retaliation for, worker cooperation in workplace standards investigations.”
A Department of Homeland Security press release was almost identical:
“Under the [Trump] administration, these resource-intensive operations resulted in the simultaneous arrest of hundreds of workers and were used as a tool by exploitative employers to suppress and retaliate against workers’ assertion of labor laws.”
Mayorkas has been making moves in this new direction for months. National Review writes:
Mayorkas previously directed Immigration, Customs and Enforcement to prioritize undocumented immigrants who are deemed to pose a threat to public safety for deportation, as opposed to migrants who are deemed “contributing” members of society.
“The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen therefore should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them,” Mayorkas wrote in new enforcement guidelines on September 30. “We will use our discretion and focus our enforcement resources in a more targeted way.”
Border Patrol agents encountered 212,672 migrants at the border in July, the first time in 21 years that monthly encounters breached 200,000. In August Border Patrol agents logged 208,887 migrant encounters, with over a million people entering the U.S. illegally since the start of this year.
DHS Announces New Rules To Cut Back On Deportations
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ordered authorities to prioritize deporting illegal immigrants who “pose a threat to national security, public safety, and border security” because the government does not have enough resources to handle the record-breaking illegal immigration that has occurred under President Biden’s administration.
“The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen, therefore, should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas wrote in a memo. “We will use our discretion and focus our enforcement resources in a more targeted way. Justice and our country’s well-being require it.”
The memo further outlines “mitigating factors” that would prevent the deportation of an illegal immigrant who had committed a crime. Among the factors listed are: “advanced or tender age; lengthy presence in the United States; a mental condition that may have contributed to the criminal conduct, or a physical or mental condition requiring care or treatment.”
The New York Post reported, “The guidance, which is due to take effect Nov. 29, replaces interim rules issued in February that were initially blocked by a federal judge in August as part of a lawsuit brought by Texas and Louisiana. The judge ruled that the administration did not have discretion to choose which migrants to detain, but a federal appeals court allowed the guidelines to take effect while the lawsuit proceeds.”
The February rules are suspected to be a large factor in the surge in illegal immigration seen this year as migrants knew that their likelihood of being able to remain in the United States was much greater. The February Memorandum led to record low deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while there was simultaneously record high illegal immigration.
The Washington Post reported in May, “Under new Biden administration rules curtailing immigration enforcement, ICE carried out fewer than 3,000 deportations last month, the lowest level on record. The agency’s 6,000 officers currently average one arrest every two months.”
“ICE under President Biden is an agency on probation,” the Washington Post continued. “The new administration has rejected calls from some Democrats to eliminate the agency entirely, but Biden has placed ICE deportation officers on a leash so tight that some say their work is being functionally abolished.”
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