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WASHINGTON, DC- In a surprise to nobody, the Biden administration is withholding a report which details the number of illegal aliens removed from the country in 2021 in an apparent effort to hide what are likely grisly details from the American people—the most “transparent” administration in American history, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

In each of the past nine years prior to 2021, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued an annual report detailing the number of illegals sent out of the country, so the failure to do so last year marks a departure in what has been done every year for a decade.

Historically, the report has been issued during the final weeks of the calendar year, with the 2020 report being released on Dec. 23 of that year during the Trump administration.

The Beacon noted that it is unclear if ICE has in fact completed the report, which typically provides “a detailed summary of the agency’s enforcement and removal operations, as well as immigration-related security threats.”

The outlet was told by a spokeswoman for ICE that no release date for the report had yet been set.

One person who took particular umbrage at the failure to release the report is Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley (R), who wondered aloud what the motivation of the White House for hiding the report was.

“During record-breaking levels of illegal immigration, DHS and ICE have taken steps to dismantle interior enforcement operations that keep our communities safe from criminal aliens,” Hawley told the outlet.

“I’ve been calling for transparency into these radical policy changes for months. If ICE is intentionally hiding their annual report from the public, then it’s safe to assume it doesn’t show any improvement, it shows failure.”

The latest move by the Biden administration to make their “transparency” claim a sad joke is another in a line of such opaqueness, a departure from transparency standards set by previous Republican and Democrat administrations.

For example in November, the Free Beacon reported the White House violated a congressional statute (the law, in other words) by failing to release a report on the number of illegals released into the United States.

In FY2021, more illegal border crossers were recorded than at any other time in the history of our country.

The hiding of such damaging statistics comes as Biden’s approval rating on handling immigration has plunged to only 35 percent, according to a RealClearPolitics average of recent polls.

Critics of Biden’s feckless immigration policy believe the administration is hiding the real numbers because they’re trying to avoid further bad press, although truth be told the usual suspects in the mainstream press have basically avoided the subject.

“It’s absolutely shocking that the release of the ICE report hasn’t happened,” former ICE chief of staff Jon Feere told the Free Beacon. “I assumed, at the worst, they’d put it out on New Year’s Eve when nobody is paying attention, but even that didn’t happen.

“I can’t imagine the outcry if we had not produced this report under the Trump administration,” Feere added.

The annual report doesn’t just include deportation statistics, however and goes far beyond that. For example, the 2020 report included results emanating from abuse of COVID-19 relief fund abuse.

In FY2020, ICE and its law enforcement partners seized more than $18 million linked to pandemic-related fraud and criminal activity.

One person who asked not to be identified believes the true reason the report hasn’t been released is due to “White House dysfunction.”

The source said that the more far-left members of the administration, including Domestic Policy Council deputy director for immigration Esther Olavarria may have opposed with more “moderate” staff, such as domestic policy adviser Susan Rice on what to include in the report which might be seen as unfavorable to Biden.

When Susan Rice is a ‘moderate,” one can only imagine what the “far-left” members are like.

The Free Beacon reached out to the Biden White House for comment, however no response was received.

Among Republican lawmakers, Hawley wasn’t the only one to express outrage. Hawley and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas last month, in which the demanded “the agency release the 2020 Entry/Exit Overstay Report, which lists the number of foreign nationals in the country who overstayed their visas,” the Free Beacon said.

Democrats, however, remain unconcerned about the diving approval ratings from voters, apparently believing their “massive” four vote margin in the House and tie in the Senate somehow gives them a mandate.

They remain fully invested in what is the most radical border policy probably in history.

In October, Senate Democrats proposed an appropriations bill which would slash Customs and Border Patrol funding by half a billion dollars, while ICE would have $40 million cut from its previous annual budget.

For more on Biden’s record of deportations, we invite you to read a prior report we filed:

DIG DEEPER

WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to reports, President Joe Biden has cut the deportation of illegal immigrants from 25 cities by nearly 90 percent, collapsing to the lowest level since the mid-1990s.

Under the policies imposed by the Biden administration, removals dropped by 80 percent since 2020’s low point during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and by 90 percent since 2019, which was the last normal year for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations.

Thanks to Biden’s lack of deportation, business groups have been flooded with desperate, low-wage workers. Biden’s business giveaway was revealed by the Center for Immigration Studies, which also showed that Biden’s deputies have reduced by two-thirds the deportation of criminal illegal immigrants who threaten Americans and the nation’s growing population of illegal immigrants.

According to the data from ICE, only 18,713 illegal immigrants were formally “removed” from 25 interior cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore, and Miami from January to July 2021. The 2021 removal number includes only 6,000 illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes, such as MS-13 gang members.

In 2019, under the Trump administration, 186,019 illegal immigrants were removed from the 25 cities, including 17,553 illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes.

In 2020, despite COVID-19, Trump’s deputies removed 93,247 illegal immigrants from the cities, including 13,120 illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes.

In 2021, since the Senate’s confirmation of Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden’s appointee to run the Department of Homeland Security, the 25-cities’ deportation rate has dropped significantly, to roughly 3,000 per month.

In calendar year 2021, Mayorkas is on track to deport just 40,000 illegal immigrants from the 25 cities, which makes his annual deportations amount to one of every 275 illegal immigrant living in the United States.

Mayorkas’ likely deportation of 40,000 illegal immigrants in all of 2021 from the 25 cities is less than just one month of arriving “got-aways.’

“Got-aways” are illegal immigrants who are detected yet successfully evade the border patrol. So far, roughly 400,000 job-seeking immigrants have sneaked across the border under Mayorkas’ rules, which are practically non-existent.

Mayorkas is a Cuban immigrant and in a November Senate hearing, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) asked him:

“What should be a higher priority of the United States Government? Securing our border or giving amnesty to illegal aliens who are already here?”

To which Mayorkas responded by saying:

“Justice is our priority. That includes securing our border and providing relief to those [migrants] who qualify for it under our laws.”

No Democrats voted against Mayorkas’ confirmation in February. His confirmation was also backed by several GOP senators, including Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), and retiring Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). 

According to the Center for Immigration Studies article:

“With less immigration enforcement, American communities will continue to be saddled with the costs associated with illegal immigration, including displacement of U.S. workers, wage depression, more spending on social services and education, and additional crime problems.”

The article added:

“While Congress theoretically could intervene to impose stricter enforcement mandates and spending requirements, in the meantime state and local governments should act to discourage illegal settlement, penalize illegal employment, maintain strict eligibility requirements for all public benefits and driver’s licenses, and ensure that state and local law enforcement agencies are cooperating fully with ICE to identify criminal aliens.”

Reportedly, overall, legal and illegal migration moves wealth from employees to employers, from families to investors, from young to old, from children to their parents, from homebuyers to investors, and from technology to stoop labor. 

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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Protecting criminals: ICE arrests fall to one every two months per officer under Biden open immigration policies

November 27th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – There were just 20,858 immigration arrests in the interior of the United States in the six months since the Biden administration announced new rules limiting which illegal immigrants could be targeted by ICE, or an average of just one arrest every two months for each deportation officer.

That number is substantially lower than during the Trump administration, when agents averaged two arrests each month. The numbers are dramatically lower than when President Biden was Vice President in the Obama administration, when the rate was an average of four arrests every month.

In a report submitted in a government court filing defending the Biden administration’s limits on when immigration officials could pursue and arrest illegal immigrants inside the United States, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said from Feb. 18 to Sept. 16, it authorized 57 automatic national security arrests, 3,696 border cases, 9,918 felony or public safety cases.

Under the President’s orders through Homeland Security, only immigrants without documentation who are considered national security threats, recent border crossers or aggravated felons are automatic arrest and deportation priorities.

In September, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the new enforcement policy in a memo:

“Enforcement priorities for apprehension and removal remain focused on noncitizens who are a threat to our national security, public safety, and border security.”

ICE agents targeting an illegal alien not meeting Biden’s criteria must obtain prior approval by submitting justification for the targeting.

Since the policy was created, senior officials have only authorized 7,157 requests outside of the automatic priorities, according to the filing.

Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, called the numbers “shocking”:

“These numbers are shockingly low. They have accomplished their goal of abolishing immigration enforcement by memo.”

Vaughan will soon issue a report detailing that ICE deportations are also significantly lower than during the two previous administrations, according to the Washington Times.

Her report is expected to reveal that deportations are only averaging about 3,000 per month since Biden took office.

The Washington-based National Immigration Forum in October hailed reduced ICE enforcement as “good progress” and “a sign of what happens when law enforcement focuses on public safety threats.

Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) disagreed in a tweet:

“By drastically reducing enforcement of immigration law within the U.S., despite record illegal immigration, the Biden Administration is elevating the interests of illegal aliens over the rights of Americans.”

In addition to restrictions on who can be targeted for deportation, the DHS recently announced new sensitive location enforcement guidance. Effective in October, U.S. immigration agents are now expected to avoid enforcement in places like rallies, religious ceremonies, and places where children gather, among others.

The Biden administration has also previously pledged to stop workplace ICE raids and shift agents’ focus to employers who are hiring and exploiting undocumented workers.

The National Immigration Law Center called the new immigration policies a way to stop ICE, who they claim has “terrorized” the community:

“The ways in which ICE has terrorized our communities can never be undone.

“Though we applaud this worksite enforcement news — it will take a long time to build trust in our communities after years of violent raids.”

Republicans have accused the administration of trying to abolish ICE “from within.” In a letter signed by 46 House Republicans addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the Congressmembers said:

“While not directly giving in to the radical Left’s calls to abolish ICE, by halting immigration enforcement actions conducted by the agency, it is clear you are seeking to in effect abolish ICE from within.

“Your actions will further exacerbate the ongoing humanitarian, public health, and national security crisis taking place at our southern border and further incentivize lawlessness. We strongly urge you to rescind these misguided memoranda, faithfully enforce our nation’s immigration laws, and empower ICE personnel to continue the critical work they do.”

The letter, led by Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT), was signed by 45 House Republicans, including Reps. Andy Biggs( R-AZ), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Yvette Herrell (R-NM), and Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY).

 

GOP letter to DHS on ICE Memos by Fox News

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

Do you want to join our private family of first responders and supporters?  Get unprecedented access to some of the most powerful stories that the media refuses to show you.  Proceeds get reinvested into having active, retired and wounded officers, their families and supporters tell more of these stories.  Click to check it out.

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Head of Homeland Security: Immigration system broken, ‘justice’ for illegals more important than secure borders

November 18, 2021

 

 WASHINGTON, DC – Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted that the Biden administration’s immigration system is broken and told the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday that securing “justice” for illegal immigrants is more important than securing the border.

After getting the Secretary to admit that children had been separated from parents at the border both under the Biden and Obama administrations, Sen. Cotton asked how many illegal immigrants crossed into the United States in 2020, during the Trump administration.

Mayorkas appeared caught off guard by the question, and as he shuffled through his notes, Sen. Cotton said:

“I have the numbers from CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) in front of me. It’s 458,000.”

Sen. Cotton then asked how many crossed into the country in 2021 “with six weeks to go,” during the Biden administration. Mayorkas answered:

“I believe that the number taking out of the 1.7 million, taking out the recidivist… approximately 1.3 to 1.4 million (border crossers).”

 

After a brief exchange about whether to count recidivists in the total number of border crossers, Sen. Cotton asked Mayorkas if he was satisfied with having two and a half times more illegal immigrants crossing the border than the prior administration in 2020.

Mayorkas responded that he was not satisfied with the number, but continued:

“Worse is to promulgate and operationalize a policy that defies our values as a nation.”

Sen. Cotton shot back:

“What about a policy that defies our sovereignty as a nation?

Mayorkas tried to respond by saying that U.S. sovereignty was “unflinching,” but the Arkansas Republican was not letting the issue fade:

“Oh really, because at any time anyone from anywhere in the world can simply show up and cross into this country.”

The Secretary responded that he did not think the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants expelled under the Trump-era Title 42  would agree, to which Sen. Cotton responded that the 1.7 million that crossed into the country would agree.

Following the testy exchange, Sen. Cotton prepared to conclude is question and answer session with one final question, perhaps the most shocking of the session. He asked Mayorkas what the priority of immigration policy is under President Biden, securing the border or providing amnesty to illegal aliens already inside the country?

Mayorkas responded:

“Senator, justice is our priority. That includes securing our border and providing relief for those who qualify for it under our laws.”

When Sen. Cotton pointed out that Mayorkas was refusing to prioritize one issue over the other, Mayorkas said he disagreed with the Senator’s  characterization of his stance:

“(Sen. Cotton’s comment) is an inaccurate phrasing of our missions, our responsibilities, our challenges, and our actions. We do not have the authority nor the intention to give amnesty.”

Mayorkas then seemed to admit that the Biden administration’s immigration system is broken:

“I consider them both priorities (securing the border and amnesty) because they are inexplicably intertwined. If, in fact, we can pass legislation that fixes once and for all our immigration system, we will have addressed a material part of the challenges at the border, and it will advance our efforts to secure it.”

In his final words of the session, Sen. Cotton made his point:

“They (the issues) are intertwined chiefly because the open borders that Joe Biden has permitted has attracted even more illegal immigrants here that makes our borders even more open than it ever has been.”
 

 

 

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