President Joe Biden’s administration is forcing federal prosecutors to drop tens of thousands of cases against illegal immigrants, creating a sort of “de facto amnesty” that could permit up to 1 million people to seek permanent legal status in the U.S. by 2024, according to a report.
A whistleblower from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — a federal prosecutor — told the Washington Examiner Friday that Biden administration officials have instructed ICE prosecutors to deal with a backlog of 2 million immigration cases by throwing out cases from before the November 2020 election.
In an April 14 virtual meeting, ICE principal legal adviser Kerry Doyle laid out the Biden administration’s policy to the more than 1,200 ICE prosecutors handling cases against illegal immigrants, the Examiner reported. She told them only to prosecute cases against migrants identified as national security or public safety threats, or those who had crossed the border illegally after Nov. 1, 2020. Doyle instructed that prosecutors were to use their discretion to drop all other cases.
“As the memo explains — I think pretty clearly — we’ve put our thumb sort of heavily in favor of dismissal and durable solutions,” Doyle reportedly said. “Even if you’ve spent a lot of time on the case, if it’s a nonpriority, you should be moving to offer [prosecutorial discretion] in that case.”
Essentially, the Biden administration is selectively enforcing immigration law. The result is that since April 25, between 60,000 and 80,000 illegal immigration cases have been closed, the ICE prosecutor told the Examiner.
“If the agency’s 1,200 prosecutors keep the current pace of 60,000-80,000 case closures every two months, ICE could hit 360,000 to 480,000 closed cases by next April and 1 million by early summer 2024, months before the presidential election,” the Examiner reported.
Without a pending immigration case against them, these illegal immigrants will be able to apply to become permanent legal residents, the first step toward U.S. citizenship.
“This is a de facto amnesty,” the whistleblower said.
President Biden come under fire from Republicans who charge that his lax immigration policies are to blame for the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.
Eight GOP senators released a 56-page report in June blaming the administration’s policies for a record surge of illegal immigration recorded this spring.
U.S. Customs and Border protection reported a record-high 239,416 border encounters in May, the fourth consecutive monthly increase in illegal immigrant encounters. Approximately one-fourth of those apprehended by immigration enforcement had been previously arrested and deported by CBP.
Since Biden assumed office, federal law enforcement officials at the southern border have encountered more than 2.6 million migrants attempting to enter the country illegally from Mexico, northern Central America, and other countries.