As CBP encounters skyrocket, ICE arrests plummet

Southside Matt

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently released its 2021 statistics, showing a record number of encounters with migrants entering the United States illegally. With over 1.6 million encounters and almost 2 million total enforcement actions, CBP handled more incidents than at any time in history. A full quarter (26%) of those encountered had previously been expelled from the United States for illegal entry.

Despite Titles 8 and 42 of the United States Code (USC) requiring the expulsion of these migrants, many of them immediately, orders and instructions from the Biden Administration instead allow the migrants to enter practically unchecked by CBP officers. CBP “registers” the migrants based on information provided, with little if any vetting performed, and with minimal health testing. When released from CBP custody, many but not all are given a Notice to Contact. This Notice indicates that the migrant should voluntarily contact the nearest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility upon arriving at their final destination.

This is tricky to monitor as the migrants are not required to provide their final destination to CBP to be released.

Following CBP’s admission that surges of migrants are raiding the U.S.-Mexico border and being admitted entry in violation of Federal Law, ICE reports that their own actions have slowed considerably. With just under 72,000 arrests in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, ICE recorded fewer than one-quarter the number of arrests made just a decade ago when 2011 saw 322,093 arrests. This was also less than 70% of the 2020 total of around 104,000 arrests.

While the COVID pandemic has affected all government activities, the FY 2021 total was less than half of the average of the pre-COVID years of 2017-2019 which saw 148,000 arrests being made annually.

Conceivably, the FY 2021 total could be the lowest since the 1960s or early 1970s.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas followed through on U.S. President Joe Biden’s campaign promise of relaxing immigration restrictions by issuing new directives. These new directives seem to echo a relaxation of prosecution of “minor” crimes in some major cities as they instruct ICE agents that the fact that a person has entered the U.S. illegally “should not alone be the basis” for arrest or deportation.
DHS Secretary Alejandro MayorkasU.S. Department of Homeland Security

As CBP reports a record high number of encounters at and along the U.S.-Mexico border, ICE actions against those who enter the country illegally are also reaching record numbers, but on the opposite side of the spectrum.

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