We knew that the southern border was going to open up once Joe Biden was inaugurated as president, although he’s still being forced to send unaccompanied migrant children to Obama-era “overflow facilities” with cage-like features due to the influx of illegal aliens.
President Biden’s not going to tell ICE to stand down entirely, but his instructions to the agency will make some of the “Abolish ICE” crowd happy. Biden is prioritizing deportations to those who pose a national security threat and on recent arrivals, and that’s it. Not a priority are illegal immigrants charged with DUI, tax fraud, drug crimes, or simple assault — local law enforcement can handle them (but not deport them).
One-horse pony Peter Doocy once again put Psaki on the spot:
Doocy ?: There's some new reporting that ICE is going to get some new guidance to no longer focus on deporting illegal immigrants who have been convicted of DUI, simple assault, solicitation, drug-based crimes among other things…[H]ow that is in the interest of public safety? pic.twitter.com/kybf9wE3rt
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 8, 2021
*I'm curious how that is in the interest of public safety
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 8, 2021
“There’s some new reporting..”
Sounds a lot like, “People are saying…”
Doocy’s out of his league.
— Tom Ellis (@TRBEllis) February 8, 2021
New reporting from where? Source please.
— Olive (@Olive103Ny) February 8, 2021
Here, for one. The Texas Tribune has a piece on Biden’s new instructions for ICE:
While ICE’s new operational plans are not yet final, interim instructions sent to senior officials point to a major shift in enforcement. Agents will no longer seek to deport immigrants for crimes such as driving under the influence and assault, and will focus instead on national security threats, recent border crossers, and people completing prison and jail terms for aggravated felony convictions.
“Generally, these convictions would not include drug-based crimes (less serious offenses), simple assault, DUI, money laundering, property crimes, fraud, tax crimes, solicitation, or charges without convictions,” acting Director Tae Johnson told senior officials in a Thursday email advising them on how to operate while new guidelines are finalized.
The Biden administration is attempting to reorient ICE, a law enforcement agency that has seen its priorities swing wildly from one administration to the next. But frustrated ICE officials say the proposed changes will take away agents’ discretion and severely constrain their ability to arrest and deport criminals.
It must be great to be an ICE agent while Biden is attempting to reorient the agency.
There will be virtually no enforcement of immigration law under Biden. Most criminal offenses and fraud will be ignored. It goes way beyond an exercise of prosecutorial discretion. It is blanket nonenforcement. I predict lawsuits from Texas. @KenPaxtonTX https://t.co/FEtLt6HMba
— Matthew Kolken (@mkolken) February 8, 2021
Let’s circle around and see ???
— gina (@GinaTittle4) February 8, 2021
Welcome to the clown world we are now living in!!!
— Ariakus (@Ariakus5) February 8, 2021
Reaping what fortification sowed…
— Karen Kline (@ConsiderThis1) February 8, 2021
This is the spawn of Leading From Behind.
— Mark O. Van Wagoner (@VanWagoner) February 8, 2021
It's a dereliction of duty. Biden is putting people's lives at risk. His main duty is to protect the country, our borders & citizens & to make sure the law is enforced. He shouldn't be actively working against that
— Cathleen (@CatsJunkYard) February 8, 2021
She dodged the excellent question with some prefabricated response that never actually answered the question. Total lack of information and details going downstream to the American people.
— Craig (@craiggyk) February 8, 2021
Did she say Biden wants to focus on the root cause of these problems (serious crimes) IN OTHER COUNTRIES where these people are coming from???
— BikerChick7667 (@chick7667) February 8, 2021
Modernization of immigration. She really needs to spend some quality time on the southern border.
— Transformital Trainee (@elaineewells) February 8, 2021
She talks but never answers the questions. Isn't there anyone in that administration that is actually qualified for that position?
— Martha Moya (@MarthaMoya14) February 8, 2021
This is a completely misleading response. Department of Homeland Security is a branch of the EXECUTIVE government, meaning they take their directives from the President. Guidance on prioritization like this comes directly from the leader of the executive branch… the president.
— Tenacious and Tentative (@HarbingerofUps) February 8, 2021
Isn’t she the spokesperson of the President? Sub question: isn’t DHS part of the cabinet? Tired of hearing, “I suggest you talk to [insert Presidential cabinet member here] for an answer.”
— FounderSpeaks (@GeorgeW37814783) February 8, 2021
My grandmother was murdered by a drunk driver when my mom was 8. That man never served a day in jail. If you drive drunk deal with the consequences. If you are not here legally and drive drunk deal with the consequences. The Biden admin needs criminals here to win votes. Pathetic
— Alec (@alecnorton60) February 8, 2021
Psaki’s fan club in the comments is cheering her own for “owning” Doocey, but we still didn’t hear the answer to his question of how these new guidelines are in the interest of public safety and instead of in the interest of illegal aliens.
HA! They have no idea what Joe is even SIGNING: Jen Psaki appears clueless about Biden signing EO to resume Catch and Release (watch) https://t.co/nl2G2ey2A0
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 5, 2021