A Texas federal judge has blocked the Biden administration’s efforts to enforce the Obama-era catch and release program to allow apprehended illegal immigrants to remain free in America until an asylum hearing.
“The Executive Branch may not instruct its officers to enforce a statute in a manner contrary to the law itself,” Judge Drew Tipton wrote.
“The States point out that the priority categories enumerated in these Memoranda omit certain others—namely, aliens convicted of serious drug offenses, aliens convicted of crimes of moral turpitude, and aliens subject to a final order of removal,” the ruling also noted.
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According to the Daily Caller, “The court ordered the DHS to produce monthly reports on the number of migrants released from custody or not immediately detained by ICE upon release starting in September. These monthly reports must include the reason for a migrant’s release and the name of the releasing official.”
Biden reinstated the Obama-era practice early in his term. By April, more than 15,000 immigrants had been released under catch and release.
Fox News reported in April, “The number of migrants being fast-tracked for release without formal immigration court notices at the U.S.-Mexico border has reportedly increased by thousands since March to more than 15,300.”
The new ruling may help slow some of Biden’s open border policies that have led to the highest illegal immigration numbers in more than two decades. However, much more remains to restore order along the nation’s southern border.