Leaked Immigration Enforcement Documents Outline Dictated Border Patrol Policies


On Sunday, Breitbart published an exclusive look at the internal workings of the Border Patrol and Homeland Security priorities under the Obama Administration.  Specifically mentioned is which illegal aliens are to be targeted for arrest and which will not be.  They are listed as priorities one, two and three.

Priority One:includes aliens who ‘pose a threat to national security, border security, or public safety.‘”  Well, duh.

Priority Two: “aliens who are ‘misdemeanants and new immigration violators.'”  Rounding up more of the criminally inclined, and the rookies.  Great.

Priority Three: “includes all other illegal aliens and describes them as ‘other immigration violators.‘”  Okaaayyyy.

But what does that mean?

The training materials, when coupled with a November 20, 2014 memo on prosecutorial discretion from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, indicate that agents should primarily only arrest someone who they directly see cross the border, if they are a wanted criminal, a convicted felon, have an extensive or a violent criminal history, or otherwise pose a national security or public safety threat.

The majority of other illegal aliens cannot be detained or deported without specific approval from leadership.

Meaning that if whatever officials are answering the call get word that an illegal immigrant family is quietly living in the basement of a house across the street, somebody higher up the food chain will need to give approval for arrest, the local ICE Field Office Manager.  Approval that may not be coming because we do not have the detention facilities to accommodate the sheer numbers.

It is reassuring that the highest priority for federal officials is to arrest violent criminals, and at least get them out of our hair, but immigration laws are being bent to the point of plain and simply being a circle the administration can go around.  The Breitbart source had this to say about the new directives:

“Nothing says don’t arrest, but it clearly says don’t waste your time because the alien will not be put into detention, sent back or deported. There is literally no reason to arrest an illegal alien because they are specifically telling Border Patrol there will be no consequence for the illegal alien. It is a waste of time and resources to arrest someone who is off limits for detainment or deportation and the documents make that fact clear. Border Patrol agents are now being trained to be social workers, not law enforcement.”

So, there will be no mass deportations any time soon.  In addition the Breitbart piece excerpts Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s internal memo on who should and should not be detained.

Absent extraordinary circumstances or the requirement of mandatory detention, field office directors should not expend detention resources on aliens who are known to be suffering from serious physical or mental illness, who are disabled, elderly, pregnant, or nursing, who demonstrate that they are primary caretakers of children or an infirm person, or whose detention is otherwise not in the public interest.

Despite the humanitarian concerns, these people are in the country illegally and should be at the very least documented in some way if detention is not available.  Ideally, they should be deported, obviously, but with the system the Obama Administration has put into place that simply is not going to happen.

For more details and information provided by an inside source, visit Breitbart.com.

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A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.