The Obama administration has become so lax on border security that ICE officials have been told not to bother holding any illegals nor to issue them orders to appear at immigration hearings. It’s become so bad some border agents are wondering why we even have immigration laws at all.
Paul Bedard reported that immigration officials are saying Obama “may as well abolish our immigration laws altogether” after handing down new edicts saying they should take no action against illegals.
Border patrol agents say they have been given a stand down order and told to stop arresting illegals for deportation. The agents have also been told not to bother issuing hearing notices and not to track or report on the whereabouts of those illegals who have been released.
The new rules caused Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, to wonder why we even have immigration laws in the first place. Judd also said Obama’s new rules are a result of his “embarrassment” that only about half of illegals given a date to appear before an immigration judge have bothered to show up for their hearing.
“The willful failure to show up for court appearances by persons that were arrested and released by the Border Patrol has become an extreme embarrassment for the Department of Homeland Security. It has been so embarrassing that DHS and the U.S. Attorney’s office has come up with a new policy,” Judd said before the immigration subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.
“Immigration laws today appear to be mere suggestions. There are little or no consequences for breaking the laws and that fact is well known in other countries. If government agencies like DHS or CBP are allowed to bypass Congress by legislating through policy, we might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether,” Judd concluded.
Obama’s loose border security policies have also opened up the borders for scores of members of the murderous Central American gang MS-13 to enter the U.S. unhampered.
Appearing before a House hearing on the border surge, Jessica Vaughan, the policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies, said Obama’s open-door policy has caused a hike in both murder and violent crime in cities all across the country.
During her Feb. 4 testimony Vaughan said, “Established gangs have been able to transfer an unknown number of experienced foot soldiers from Central America to help colonize new criminal territory in the United States.”
Vaughan also warned that these gangs are flooding the U.S. saying, “the tide of new young people, many of whom have already been exposed or involved in street gangs at home, has provided a huge pool of new recruits for the gangs here. Gangs such as MS-13 and 18th Street are enjoying a brutal revival in certain parts of the country and are establishing themselves in new places.”
The immigration expert said Obama’s policies have helped these gangs to develop a strong presence in the United States. “Violent transnational gangs such as MS-13 have taken full advantage of the Obama administration’s welcome mat to swell their ranks here, contributing to a noticeable spike in gang violence in certain localities–with tragic results,” she warned.