Texas lawmakers have made no secret of their concern for the state of the border between the United States and Mexico. In addition to the national security issue, Texas itself often ends up being the permanent home for many who enter the United States without legal permission to do so.
But as angry as lawmakers are, law enforcement is even more universally and aggressively frustrated with the problem of illegal entry into the United States, considering how hamstrung they are to deal with the problem as an institution. The lawless have made their mark across the southwestern United States and law enforcement is left to not only attempt to keep order intact but pick up the pieces where it has broken down.
Thanks to their intense dedication to that cause, a group of sheriffs in Texas have banded together to sue the Biden administration for restricting the actions of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the areas of taking and deporting illegal immigrants. The sheriffs took exception to the current president’s more lenient attitude toward the aliens and as such, felt it was their duty to speak up on behalf of the citizens in their counties and others across the state.
According to The Daily Wire, Sheriffs from the border counties of Kinney, Edwards, McMullen, and Hudspeth in the state of Texas have spoken up, along with several ICE officers, saying that they believe the Biden administration has violated federal immigration law by restricting ICE.
“As part of President Joe Biden’s pledge to take a more humane approach to immigration enforcement compared to the harsh policies of former President Donald Trump, the Biden administration issued a memo Feb. 18 directing ICE to focus on deporting immigrants who are national security or terrorist threats, gang members, those who have been convicted of certain aggravated felonies and any that entered the country after Nov. 1,” Courthouse News reported. “ICE officers who want to take into custody jailed immigrants falling outside those categories must first obtain approval from their bosses.”
Officers also said in their complaint that the administration is stepping in the way of ICE dealing with illegal immigrant apprehension in areas of not just illegal border crossings but those believed to be part of human trafficking and drug smuggling, two key issues Americans care about and that will be difficult to prosecute a foreign national over.
According to the suit, since the Biden administration issued the moratorium on the ICE officer’s actions they have been unable to take custody of those who local and state law enforcement believes should be seen as an INA or Immigration and Nationality Act.
“Specifically, detention is required for aliens who have committed or been convicted of numerous crimes other than aggravated felonies, such as:
crimes of moral turpitude, crimes involving controlled substances, human trafficking, money laundering, and certain firearm offenses,” the lawsuit states.
In May of 2021 ICE officials notified the Washington Post that Biden had “functionally abolished” the agency by restricting its operations so much. The White House has blamed the ongoing border crisis on former President Donald Trump, claiming its policies led to the surge in immigration that began after Biden won the election last year.
However, the Biden administration continues to place the blame for every negative thing that happens on the immigration front on the previous administration:
“After coming into office, our administration immediately jumped into action to address the influx of migrants at the border, something that began during and was exacerbated by the Trump administration,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a press conference on May 4.
That is in sharp juxtaposition to what the Washington Post reported just a few weeks ago when the cited administration officials indicated that “Under new Biden administration rules curtailing immigration enforcement, ICE carried out fewer than 3,000 deportations last month, the lowest level on record.”
And they wonder why there’s a crisis.