(UnitedVoice.com) – During the 2016 election and throughout the Trump presidency, the former president often said that a country without borders isn’t a country. Since January 20, President Biden has worked overtime to undo the Trump administration’s immigration policies that sought to make the process fairer and more responsible. Biden is effectively ignoring immigration laws on the books and intends to undercut US interests in controlling immigration.
On day one, Biden reversed Trump’s policies on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and immediately stopped the work being done on the wall. A federal judge already blocked a new policy that halted deportations for 100 days in violation of US law and without good reason.
Now, the Biden administration is planning to undercut the agency that enforces the laws regarding immigration.
DHS Shuts Down ICE Without Shutting Down ICE
Over the last three weeks, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began abolishing the scope of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. Moving forward, it will become more difficult to arrest and deport illegal immigrants, even if they break the law.
For several years, Democrats decried the Trump administration’s use of ICE to arrest and deport illegal immigrants and the administration’s policies towards sanctuary cities. Under Biden’s new proposed policies, ICE will no longer deport illegal immigrants convicted of driving intoxicated, drug crimes, assaults, fraud, or stealing.
White House Punts
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki handed off the discussion to the DHS when asked about the Biden administration’s new immigrant policies. Psaki said it’s up to the nation’s largest federal agency to decide who stays or is deported. The press secretary emphasized that instead of deporting illegal immigrants who commit crimes, local law enforcement and the judicial system should deal with them.
In essence, the Biden administration may tell ICE not to enforce federal immigration laws once they implement the proposal.
What happened to the Constitution’s mandate that the executive branch “faithfully execute the laws” that Congress passes?
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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