Texas sheriffs sue Biden administration over immigration policy banning deportations
Four Texas sheriffs, their counties, and ICE officials sued President Biden and officials as the Department of Homeland Security for preventing federal agents from deporting illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds.
Kinney, Edwards, McMullen and Hudspeth counties as well as the Federal Police Foundation – which represents ICE agents – filed a complaint Thursday calling on the Biden administration to allow ICE officials to do their jobs.
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The complaint alleges that the decision of Acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske on Jan.20 temporarily suspended deportations and prompted criminal immigrants to enter the United States without fear of reprisal.
“The ICE officers involved in this case are absolutely astonished at what their superiors are asking them to do: release those accused of child rape, release those accused of drug trafficking and resisting arrest.” , Kris Kobach, former Kansas Secretary of State. and lead counsel for the plaintiffs, the Washington Examiner said on Friday. “They are really serious criminals, and the ICE is ordered by the political leaders of the Biden administration to release them.”
On February 18, ICE Acting Director Tae Johnson issued a memo urging ICE officials not to arrest illegal immigrants without first obtaining permission from ICE management.
The only cases where an illegal immigrant can be arrested otherwise are if he or she is a known or suspected terrorist, entered the country before the 2020 presidential election, has been convicted of an aggregate crime, or is part of the from a criminal gang, the Washington, DC-based publication noted.
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Before FebruaryrMemo from January, local police were able to arrest illegal immigrants and hand them over to ICE officials. Once in detention, they would face legal deportation proceedings.
Sheriffs are now expected to release illegal immigrants into society.
âThe policy of the Biden administration is in direct violation of not one, but three different federal laws,â Kobach told the publication. âThe administration’s actions forced the ICE to withdraw and almost ended the evictions.
“It fueled the crisis at the border, encouraging more illegal immigration. It also created an unbearable burden on local law enforcement in Texas,” he added.
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Customs and border protection have reported 930,000 encounters of illegal immigrants at the southern border since January – including more than 180,000 in May alone.
The figure is expected to well exceed one million once the June meetings are published.