As new surge approaches the border, Mayorkas further hampers ICE actions

Southside Matt
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Despite reports from Panama of approximately 100,000 migrants traveling through that country toward the United States, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday issued a memo to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel providing new limits on their enforcement actions.

According to National Public Radio (NPR), “Agents and officers are being directed to avoid making arrests or conduct searches at a range of sensitive locations.” The list of locations where arrests and searches are now off-limits include schools, medical facilities, daycare centers, playgrounds, recreation centers, and demonstrations and rallies.

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) reported in March 2019 that, at the time, there were 1.7 million aliens from Central America and Mexico had been ordered removed from the United States or had final orders of removal pending before the courts. Based on that data from over two-and-a-half years ago, which was based on 2018 figures, to conclude these removals would require over 4,650 actions each day for a solid year, seven days a week. This figure only includes those who were ordered removed or who were awaiting that final decision.

ICE performs arrests and searches for a variety of other reasons besides the removal orders. This includes monitoring and “searching” those who have been allowed entry but have not yet gained legal status.
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Many who have been released by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) into the United States either do not have or do not disclose a true, intended final destination, they are asked by DHS to voluntarily report their status to ICE upon arriving at whatever the destination turns out to be. By accepting the Notice to Report, the aliens then enter the country and are officially released from CBP custody into the hands of ICE.

The promise to report to the nearest ICE facility upon arrival at the final destination is one usually given lightly. The aliens either have no intention of reporting, have no determined final destination, or get caught up in “life” that they end up not reporting. It then becomes the responsibility of ICE agents and officers to locate the aliens and take appropriate enforcement action when they do.

With multitudes of aliens being released monthly by CBP with a Notice to Report, the number of individuals ICE has the responsibility of tracking down and monitoring grows exponentially.

This, combined with moratoriums on deportations ordered by U.S. President Joe Biden since his inauguration in January, has made ICE’s job, according to its mandated responsibilities under the Federal Law that developed the agency, difficult at best. Secretary Mayorkas’s limitations on where action can be taken only put up further roadblocks for agents seeking to perform their jobs as described.

With an overabundance of work already in keeping tabs on aliens in the United States without residency or citizenship status, ICE’s workload is projected to get even bigger within a short period of time. This makes Sec. Mayorkas’s recent instruction even more devastating to an agency with an overwhelming workload as it is.

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