As indisputable evidence of a worsening crisis at the southern border continues to mount, the Biden administration has just implemented another controversial policy certain to overwhelm immigration authorities and make enforcement of existing laws all but impossible.
According to Breitbart, a senior-level official with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revealed that as of Sunday, the Biden administration has ordered the quick release into the country of migrant families apprehended at the border without the issuance of a Notice to Appear, contrary to established prior practice.
The plan, which is reportedly only being put in place in the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas, provides that families will be cut loose into the nation’s interior without receiving papers that serve as a formal charging document that traditionally initiates the formal removal process.
Instead, according to the CBP source, an arrest report and criminal background check will be completed, and photographs will be taken of the apprehended migrants who will be asked to what city they intend to travel. Officials will then simply ask the migrants to report – voluntarily – to the closest immigration court to their destination.
In the absence of a Notice to Appear, migrants will be free to travel anywhere within the United States, and will not be officially processed into the immigration court adjudication system, as Breitbart noted. As such, their removal in absentia cannot be judicially ordered if they fail to appear, in contrast to prior policy in which such an individual could be removed without appeal in the event of a subsequent contact with law enforcement.
The CBP official, who spoke to Breitbart on condition of anonymity, decried the policy change as “insane,” and “another pull factor that will overwhelm us,” adding:
We are creating another entirely different class of aliens we will have to deal with years from now. We will never find most of these aliens once they are released.
The escalating disaster at the border created by Biden’s reversal of Trump-era immigration policies is increasingly attracting the attention of even those in the president’s own party, with Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) sharing photos this weekend from inside an overflow center that depicted what he called “terrible conditions” in which 400 minors are being kept in a space designed for half that number.
Furthermore, the U.K. Daily Mail published a report on Monday quoting law enforcement sources as saying that Biden’s relaxed stance on immigration has prompted drug cartels to shift their attention to human trafficking, a potentially billion-dollar enterprise that is “worth more than dope,” adding:
The cartels have realized that under Biden there is serious money to be made from people trafficking without any of the distribution issues you face with narcotics. People are the new dope.
Though skeptical observers have suspected that the influx of migrants reaching the border in recent months was part of Biden’s plan all along, the undeniable scope of the humanitarian and national security crises that have resulted begs the question of just how much worse this president will allow things to get.