Biden’s Crippling Immigration Enforcement Orders Disrupt ICE

Biden’s Crippling Immigration Enforcement Orders Disrupt ICE

President Joe Biden’s orders that seek to cripple interior enforcement of federal immigration law is disrupting the operations at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

Two orders from the Biden administration, released via a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo, have left many at ICE confused as to the perimeters of their duty in enforcing federal immigration law.

“It’s a mess,” former ICE Director Thomas Homan told Breitbart News of the orders issued by the Biden administration to the agency’s staff.

The memo includes a 100-day halt to deportations — which has since been at least temporarily blocked by a federal judge — for nearly all illegal aliens except those who are convicted of “aggravated felonies” and a dismantling of immigration enforcement that prevents ICE agents from arresting illegal aliens who are not convicted felons, known or suspected terrorists, or newly-arrived border crossers.

The result of the memo has led to disarray at DHS, one source told Breitbart News. In particular, the deportation order from Biden has made it unclear how ICE agents can arrest and detain illegal aliens who have yet to be convicted of aggravated felonies when there is no end goal for removal.

“If an MS-13 gang member gets arrested for child rape, ICE can’t take him because he hasn’t been convicted,” Homan said of the Biden order. “Even if he has a final order for removal, if he posts bond, ICE cannot touch him.”

Homan said the memo was poorly written and did not even attempt to engage the immigration divisions at DHS for input. Though not a signatory, Biden’s pick as deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council for Immigration Esther Olavarria is expected to have helped in drafting the memo.

“Nobody with immigration enforcement experience was at the table when they were writing this memo,” Homan said.

Center for Immigration Studies Director of Policy Jessica Vaughan said DHS would typically do a conference call with many of the agency’s officials. For the memo, none of that usual protocol was followed.

“I’ve talked to ICE officers in the field who said they are completely confused and concerned and as a result, the managers told them to do nothing because nobody knows what they can do,” Vaughan said. “The language is not specific … there was no training or briefings.”

“‘Confusion’ is the word I’ve heard most often from my ICE sources,” Vaughan said.

Some at ICE were taken aback when an internal email noted to “release them all” in an exchange about detainees. Later, the federal government stated that the exchange was only in reference to detainees who are at high risk of contracting the Chinese coronavirus.