The immigration subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Thursday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have been ordered to release illegal immigrants and not even give them a notice to appear in court.
It’s basically a free pass to enter the country at will, according to the testimony given by National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd.
Previously, when illegal immigrants were released, they would be given an official document called a Notice to Appear in court, or NTA. However, according to Judd, as many as 40 percent of the people given such a notice never show in court.
“These official orders are usually ignored; so much so that Border Patrol Agents have dubbed them Notices to Disappear,” he told the subcommittee.
As critics of the Obama Administration might have expected, appearances won out over substance, and thus a new policy was created, Judd said:
“It has been so embarrassing that DHS and the U.S. Attorney’s office has come up with a new policy. Simply put, the policy makes mandatory the release, without an NTA, of any person arrested by the Border Patrol for being in the country illegally, as long as they do not have a previous felony arrest conviction and as long as they claim to have been continuously in the United States since January of 2014. The operative word in this policy is ‘claim.'”
But this is the Obama Administration, so the stupidity doesn’t stop there.
The Powers That Be have also decided that the Border Patrol should not have any means to track any illegal immigrants released into the country’s interior.
“In essence, we pull these persons out of the shadows and into the light just to release them right back to those same shadows from whence they came,” Judd said.
Judd told the subcommittee about a case from Montana where an illegal alien was arrested who had a felony domestic violence arrest in another state. But because his trial had not occurred yet, he had to be released under Administration policy because he had not been convicted yet.
“Under the law he should have been set up for removal proceedings,” Judd said, “but under the policy he was let go. And he was let go even though he first proved that he cared so little about our laws that he entered the United States illegally, and once here, he proved further disdain by getting arrested for a serious violent act against another.”
The Department of Homeland Security is, not surprisingly, all denials.
According to the Washington Examiner, spokesman Michael Friel said, “The U.S. Border Patrol continues to enforce immigration laws consistent with the department’s enforcement priorities, which are focused on border security, national security, and public safety. As secretary [Jeh] Johnson has said many times, our border is not open to illegal migration and those who do so will be sent back.”
So who do you want to believe? The people who work on the border and potentially risk their lives for you, or the spokesman for the people who created our obviously disastrous border policy?
After seven years of the Obama Administration’s lies, excuses, incompetence and finger pointing, I’ve gotten to the point where every high-level Administration official just sounds to me like Sgt. Schultz: “I see nothing, I hear nothing, I know nothing!”
But whatever the DHS says, it’s Dollar Days on the border with free pony rides for the kids under this president. Sooner, rather than later, we will pay the price.