Grassley demands data on Biden administrator’s failure to detain and deport illegal criminal aliens
WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is pushing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide information about its failure to comply with legal requirements for detention and removal foreigners with a history involving criminal or terrorist activities or with permanent removal orders.
“Your September 30 memorandum was unfortunately just another in a long line of initiatives pursued by the Biden administration to undermine the full, faithful, and robust enforcement of immigration laws that Congress has passed. As that has been evident from the day of its publication, your memorandum, and two earlier versions of it, constituted a de facto mandatory and general non-enforcement policy – masquerading as a discretionary “priority” system – to which the DHS personnel were expected to comply.”, Grassley wrote in a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
In his letter to Secretary Mayorkas, Grassley cites the text of two laws that impose enforcement measures against certain aliens who are inadmissible or deportable for criminality or terrorism. He also notes the Biden administration’s use of a “resource constraint” justification as a pretext for simply not enforcing immigration laws it disagrees with.
“The Biden administration’s statements about resource constraints ring particularly hollow as it also continues to ask Congress to To cutresources for immigration enforcement – particularly detention space,” Grassley pointed out.
Grassley notes that as part of the court case that ultimately overturned the September 2021 “State of Malawi Memo”, data was provided to the court showing that, in Texas alone, the services of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement canceled 170 criminal alien detention requests in the year following President Biden’s inauguration.
Among other data points, the senator asks, state by state since January 20, 2021, the total number of canceled detainees, the number of those canceled detainees who were criminal aliens or those with final restraining orders and the total number reissued prisoners.