Biden’s ‘Catch and Release’ Policy Opens the Southern Border

Biden’s ‘Catch and Release’ Policy Opens the Southern Border

President Joe Biden’s deputies are trying not to detain the rapidly rising inflow of economic migrants who are coming across Americans’ Southern border in search of blue-collar jobs, homes, and the Democrats’ dangled prize of American citizenship.

“We will continue to use all current authorities to avoid keeping individuals in a congregate setting [detention] for any length of time,” [emphasis added] said a statement provided February 4 to Breitbart News by the Customs and Border Protection agency of the Department of Homeland Security.

“Catch and release, and what you’re seeing right right now with no deportation or detention, that is the definition of open borders,” said Todd Bensman, a Texas-based expert on migration with the Center for Immigration Studies. He added:

They’re doing catch and release, which is the most powerful incentive for mass migration that exists in the world … [because it ensures migrants] can live and work indefinitely inside the United States without authorization. There’ll be no kicking out of anybody, ever, under this administration. They’ve made that clear. They won’t be doing any  deportations.

On January 20, Biden promised an amnesty — and therefore, the hugely valuable prize of American citizenship — to all migrants who could persuade government officials that they were living in the United States before January 1 — even though millions of Americans — including millions of his supporters — are struggling to get jobs, earn more wages, and pay their rents.

In addition, Mexico’s government is no longer accepting all migrants who were rejected by President Donald Trump’s policies. This break forces Biden’s deputies to either detain, deport, or release the growing population of border migrants.

The February 4 statement from CBP suggests the policy of minimizing detention is due to the concern that some of the migrants are infected with China’s coronavirus:

CBP has seen a steady increase in border encounters since April 2020, which, aggravated by COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines, has caused some facilities to reach maximum safe holding capacity. Per longstanding practice, when long-term holding solutions aren’t possible, some migrants will be processed for removal, provided a Notice to Appear, and released into the U.S. to await a future immigration hearing. As the Administration reviews the current immigration process, balancing it against the ongoing pandemic, we will continue to use all current authorities to avoid keeping individuals in a congregate setting for any length of time.

The statement does not say the border agencies are trying to expand detention capacity to cope with the rising inflow.

The statement does not say that agents are using technology to record the identity of the migrants who are being let into the United States. The absence of biometric identification data will help the new migrants claim they are eligible for Biden’s amnesty if it becomes law.

The CBP did not say when the new migrants are expected to get court dates. But, “the average wait for a hearing date is now 1,642 days or 54 months,” according to TRAC Reports Inc.

The CBP statement also does not suggest that border officials are still trying to exclude single migrants. However, a February 3 report by the Wahington Post report suggested that border agencies were returning single adult migrants back to Mexico while they release spouses, teenagers, and children into the United States

Overall, Biden’s administration is putting the welfare of migrants ahead of Americans’ right to a national labor market, fair wages, and decent housing, based on the claim that the United States is a “nation of immigrants” rather than a nation of native-born Americans.

On February 4, Biden also announced his plan to surge 125,000 refugees per year into American towns, workplaces, and schools. He has also directed his agencies not to deport economic migrants from the interior of the United States for 100 days.