FIRST ON FOX: Republicans on the House Oversight Committee accuse the Biden administration to abandon its duty to enforce U.S. immigration law through its drastic tightening of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rules – which have coincided with a drop in arrests of illegal immigrants.
“The” Civil Immigration Law Enforcement Guidelines “that you issued on September 30, 2021, which will come into force on November 29, 2021, are an affront to the rule of law and demonstrate the intention of the Biden administration to abuse prosecutions discretion in order to avoid enforcing this country’s immigration laws, ”said Representatives Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., and James Comer, R-Ky., in the letter to the Secretary of Internal Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.
“This dereliction of duty inside the country is particularly grotesque given the crisis on the southern border,” they say.
The Biden administration issued temporary orientation in February which limited ICE agents to targeting recent border franchisees, aggravated criminals and national security risks. In September, these orientations were formalized in a note which said: “The fact that an individual is a revocable non-citizen should therefore not in itself be the basis of a coercive action against him.”
“For the first time, our guidelines, in the pursuit of public safety, will require an assessment of the individual and take into account all the facts and circumstances,” Mayorkas said in a statement announcing the note.