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    Border Patrol: DHS has “no intention” of deporting illegal immigrants


    The House Judiciary Committee has been getting an earful lately from Border Patrol agents who are unhappy with how business is being conducted on their watch, specifically as it applies to stopping the flow of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border. This week brought new revelations from Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, who reported what we’ve been hearing for some time now through off the record sources: the Department of Homeland Security is operating a catch and release program for all but the worst offenders. Further, they have “no intention” of even trying to schedule all of the apprehended border jumpers for hearings. (Washington Times)

    A top Homeland Security official told Border Patrol agents the Obama administration has “no intention of deporting” many of the illegal immigrants caught trying to sneak into the country, ordering instead that they be released so they don’t clog up the courts, a leading advocate for agents testified to Congress.

    Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said the orders are a new “catch and release” policy, which he said “amounts to amnesty” because it means many illegal immigrants are never asked to leave the country.

    It also suggests the Border Patrol is being ordered to break President Obama’s own enforcement priorities, which say new illegal immigrants — defined as those who came after Dec. 31, 2013 — are priorities for deportation, and are supposed to be arrested and processed.
    Judd’s testimony contains all sorts of insights into what’s going on between DHS in Washington and the men and women out there on the lines on the Mexican border. He recalls a conversation with Deputy DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who told the agents that there was no point in even bothering issuing a Notice to Appear (NTA) to the illegals they pick up because they “will help alleviate the burden on an already overburdened court system,” by cutting them loose. (There is currently a three to six year wait for court appearances, during which time the illegals are simply running loose.)

    Even more amazingly, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske went on the record in response to Judd’s complaints, suggesting that if he didn’t like his job he should probably look for another.

    Mr. Kerlikowske said Mr. Judd was “probably not the most knowledgeable organization about what’s actually going on” in the field with Border Patrol agents, and he said agents that object to Mr. Obama’s policies should quit.

    “Well, if you really don’t want to follow the directions of your superiors, including the president of the United States and the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, then you really do need to look for another job,” he said.
    The sad part of this story is that we’re really not letting you in on any sort of breaking news which should come as a shoch. There have been unofficial, off the record interviews with Border Patrol agents for the past few years saying exactly the same thing. Rather than some aberration on the local level or failure of a particular unit, this is the quasi-official policy of the Obama administration. We won’t put the resources in place to protect the border and we tie the hands of the agents who are fighting an already overwhelming tide. The results are precisely as we see them today and we shouldn’t feign surprise over it.

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    Can someone please explain to me why Congress does nothing to force Obama to do the job he swore an oath too?

    To avoid the risk of kingship, dictatorship or tyranny, The Founding Fathers established three branches of government to ensure that no one person
    or group of people could amass too much power.

    What's the point in having a Congress if they do not do what they are supposed to do under our Constitution??
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    Just turn them around - do you have a visa? No - spin 'em around, back the way they came. You either have proper credentials to be in the country or you don't. Why burden our court system at our expense too. They have to wait 4-6 yrs for court? How many are coming thru that border daily? Disgrace - Bush/Obama presidencies are causing the ruination of America & everything it stands for is disappearing.
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    Border Patrol Agent Reveals DHS Has 'No Intention' of Deporting Illegal Aliens

    Mar 22nd 2016 @ 2:09 pm EDT

    In testimony released by the House Judiciary Committee on Monday Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, confirmed that he and other border patrol agents were told to release illegal aliens caught at the border since DHS had “no intention” of deporting them.

    In his written testimony Judd describes his concerns when told to release illegal aliens without issuing a Notice to Appear (NTA) in court to start deportation proceedings. Judd took his concerns to the Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

    According to Judd, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas responded, “Why would we NTA those we have no intention of deporting?... We should not place someone in deportation proceedings, when the courts already have a 3-6 year backlog.”

    Judd also revealed that border patrol agents were being told not to interview illegal immigrant children that are still surging across the border. “This is verbal direction from direct supervisors and not a written policy. Agents are being told not to ask why minors are crossing,” he wrote.

    This catch and release policy conflicts with President Obama’s 2013 policy to deport recent arrivals.

    Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), responded to Judd’s testimony saying, “Rather than take the steps necessary to end the border surge, the Obama Administration is encouraging more to come by forcing Border Patrol agents to release unlawful immigrants into the United States with no intention of ever removing them.”

    The number of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border has doubled in the first part of fiscal year 2016 to 20,455 from 10,105 in the same time period in 2015.

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    BP Council says ‘catch and release’ policy continues fueling illegal immigration

    Posted: Saturday, April 2, 2016 6:43 pm

    Officials last week spoke up about the Obama administration’s so-called “catch and release” policies blamed for hindering Border Patrol operations and encouraging illegal crossers from coming into the United States.

    A recent letter from the National Border Patrol Council states a high-ranking member of the Obama administration confirmed to Border Patrol agents they have no intention of removing illegal border crossers that are being released with an order to appear in court.

    Brandon Judd, president of the American Federation of Government Employees National Border Patrol Council, states in the letter published on March 21 he and two other Border Patrol agents met with Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to discuss concerns about the administration’s policy of releasing illegal crossers into the United States.

    During the meeting, which took place on August 26, 2015, Mayorkas confirmed to the agents that the administration has no intention of removing immigrants coming across the border illegally as part of the ongoing surge, according to the letter.

    “Why would we NTA [issue a Notice to Appear to] those we have no intention of deporting?” said Mayorkas, according to the letter. “We should not place someone in deportation proceedings, when the courts already have a 3-6 year backlog.”

    In the letter, Judd blames President Obama for undermining immigration laws and having his political appointees implement policies that contradict enforcement priorities. He also states this lack of enforcement undermines the nation’s immigration system and encourages illegal immigration.

    “Rather than take the steps necessary to end the border surge, the Obama Administration is encouraging more to come by forcing Border Patrol agents to release unlawful immigrants into the United States with no intention of ever removing them,” Judd states.

    Chris Cabrera, local Border Patrol council president, said there are no consequences for people coming over illegally and the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent trying to divert illegal immigration are pointless without enforcement.

    USAID, a government agency working to end global poverty, spent more than $141 million in fiscal year 2013-2014 in Guatemala alone, according to a 2014 Congressional Research Report. This money is meant to help the countries fight crime, violence and lack of opportunities to deter illegal immigration into the U.S. Congress is currently working out a new Alliance for Prosperity plan aimed at adjudicating more than $1 billion in aid to all of Central America.

    In fiscal year 2015, about 331,000 illegal crossers were apprehended on the Southwest border, which includes the Rio Grande Valley sector, down from nearly 480,000 the previous fiscal year. More than two-thirds of people apprehended in the RGV sector are from Central America, according to BP statistics.

    Cabrera said the recent drop in apprehensions is not a result of this money being spent in Central America but a consequence of agents being forced to “babysit” large groups of illegal crossers and leaving large parts of the border uncovered.
    “People are getting away,” Cabrera said, “It’s just that no one wants to admit that people are getting away.”

    “What they are doing is like a backdoor amnesty or an amnesty through policy,” he added. “They can’t get everybody in the right way so they are just going to release everybody on their own recognizance pending a court date that hasn’t been set, knowing that over 85 percent of the people don’t show up for the court date.”

    Since 2005, unaccompanied minors summoned before a judge face an 83 percent chance of deportation either by removal order or voluntary departure On the other hand adults, who are not Mexican nationals, face about a 50 percent chance of deportation, according to the Transactional Access Records Clearninghouse, a Syracuse University-based project that tracks data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other federal agencies.

    Cabrera said he is not anti-immigration he is just anti-illegal immigration. In 2014, the Rio Grande Valley became the busiest sector in the U.S. for illegal crossers. That same year, more than 69,000 unaccompanied minors came across the Rio Grande, causing an unprecedented humanitarian and law enforcement crisis.

    Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said during his visit to the Valley last week the border is safer than it’s been in the past, but there is a lot more that can be done, including building a virtual wall and enforcing immigration law.

    “The idea that law enforcement officials should have to engage in some sort of prosecutorial discretion and allow people who are blatantly violating our laws to stay in the United States because they’ve been told by their higher ups that you can’t enforce the laws against these people unless they commit crimes like rape, murder and other street crimes, is a disservice to them and a disservice to the country.” Cornyn said.

    He said the detention facilities being used to incarcerate single moms and young children as they wait their turn before an immigration judge are controversial but are an important part of the judicial process and help discourage illegal crossers.

    “Catch and release does nothing but encourages more people to come and it doesn’t deter them nor does it give people with bona fide claims to stay under American law an opportunity to present those claims to an immigration judge,” Cornyn said.

    “I know our Border Patrol and law enforcement is doing more and doing a better job than they’ve done before and part of it is lessons learned over many years and huge investments made in terms of boots on the ground and technology and integrating a lot of those systems,” he added.

    Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has proposed building a wall, larger than the 700-mile border fence already in place, to stop people coming into the U.S. illegally, but many who work along the fence don’t see it as the “be all end all” answer to this problem.

    “You can’t just put up a fence and hope that it’s going to stem the flow,” Cabrera said. “We put an 18-foot wall and they came with a 19-foot ladder.”

    Despite Cabrera’s views on the Trump wall, the Border Patrol council officially endorsed Trump for president Wednesday. This is the first-ever presidential candidate in a primary to be endorsed by the council, according to its Facebook page.

    “Mr. Trump will take on special interests and embrace the ideas of rank-and-file Border Patrol agents rather than listening to the management yes men,” reads a union statement. “This is a refreshing change that we have not seen before — and may never see again.”

    Cabrera said Trump is the only current candidate that has reached out to their council and established a dialogue with them. The National Border Patrol Council represents 18,000 agents nationwide.
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    Hand ALL undocumented individuals into the care and custody of THEIR Embassy for deportation.

    Do not detain, do not let them go into our neighborhoods. They all lie, we do not know who they are. Let their Country process them and take them back.

    We are a Nation of Laws...come here legally! This is a well planned invasion that has been going on for far to long and needs to stop.

    Cut off ALL freebies to non-citizens. And no non-citizen can collect taxpayer benefits on behalf of a legal citizen!!
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    video at link.....

    'Factor' Investigation: Was Border Patrol Ordered to Release Illegals?

    The union for the U.S. Border Patrol is saying that agents have been ordered by Washington not to hold illegal aliens after they catch them coming over the border.

    The Department of Homeland Security denies that, saying it's untrue.

    So Fox News sent correspondent Eric Shawn down to Nogales, Arizona, to find out what's really going on at the border.
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