Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Congress won’t fund the one thing we need to enforce CURRENT law

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We don’t need more “border funding” to fix a policy problem at our border, one which could be solved with the military and proper use of current law. However, we do need more funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to compensate for years of not enforcing existing law, which has created a backlog of illegal aliens, often dangerous ones, in our country with no ability to deport them. Yet, that is the one funding request Republicans refuse to push.
The border problem itself is very simple. The two problems are district court lawfare inviting millions of people to our border and the refusal of our government to treat the cartels as a national defense issue and deploy the military to hold the line at the border the way we secure parameters of other countries’ borders. None of these require funding, but policy changes. We already spend $716 billion on the military every year, much of it to secure other countries. There’s no reason we can’t secure our own border with that type of exorbitant budget.
The issue, then, is lack of interior enforcement. Thanks to endless lawfare and lack of resources, illegal aliens, including other countries’ most violent criminals and drug traffickers, remain here indefinitely. Congress addressed the lawfare in 1996 by unanimously passing a bill that ensured that any illegal immigrant caught within two years of coming here is deported immediately under “expedited removal” without any review by an immigration judge, much less a federal judge. Yet, because every administration has refused to implement that law, illegal aliens have been allowed to stay indefinitely and go through the endless lawfare system, creating a resource problem that our laws were designed to prevent.
Still, there are over 1 million illegal aliens who have already received final deportation orders, with another 1.5 million having already received deportation orders but are in the process of seeking an appeal the 1996 law was designed to foreclose.
If we can’t remove even those at this stage, then our laws are a joke. Unfortunately, there are only roughly 6,000 ICE agents available to do the removals and they are averaging just 7,000 interior deportations a month so far this year. And thanks to the border surge itself, ICE resources are being diverted to serve as babysitters at the border along with Border Patrol. Bryan Wilcox, acting director of ICE’s Seattle field office, said on my show Thursday that “better than 10% of my officers are currently on detail either to the border or to other parts of the country in support of the border.” He noted that “if we really want to make a dent on this problem, we need significantly more resources.”
Read the rest from Daniel Horowitz HERE.

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