Despite Biden's EO, a Memo to Border Patrol Confirms Catch-and-Release Policies Are Alive and Well

Brittany M. Hughes | June 10, 2024
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Remember Joe Biden’s executive order last week that purported to tackle the border crisis by limiting daily crossings to 2,500 people a day. Which, by the way, comes out to just under a million illegals a year, for whatever good it does.

Now, a new memo obtained by Fox News shows the Biden administration instructing border agents in the San Diego Sector to release single illegal aliens from most Eastern countries with nothing more than a Notice to Appear (if that), deeming these “migrants” as “hard or very hard to remove.”

In fact, only six Eastern countries were listed in the memo as “Mandatory Referral Countries,” meaning border patrol has to refer these border crossers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Those nations include Uzbekistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Georgia, Moldova, and Kyrgyzstan.

Illegals from all other Eastern countries - China, for instance - who are apprehended at the border, the memo states, should be “process[ed] as NTA/OR” - meaning “Notice to Appear” or “Own Recognizance.” Illegal aliens processed under these two policies are released into the United States with, at best, a notice to attend an immigration hearing that could be scheduled for as late as 4-6 years into the future.

“President Biden & DHS promised consequences & removal for those who cross illegally between ports of entry after the executive order took effect - but the overwhelming majority of illegal crossers in San Diego sector, including the Chinese, Middle Eastern, & African adults we’ve been showing, are still being released into the U.S. with future court dates, as our coverage has shown repeatedly with Border Patrol mass releases at a trolley station in San Diego,” Fox News border reporter Bill Melvin reported, along with a screenshot of the memo.

Related: MASSIVE Group of Illegals Floods Into California As Biden's EO Takes Effect

“In a background call with reporters, DHS officials acknowledged the difficulty of removing illegal immigrants from eastern hemisphere countries, as some governments won’t cooperate with U.S. repatriation flights/travel documents & won’t take their citizens back,” he added.
“Bottom line in the short term: Mass catch & release continues for illegal immigrants in San Diego sector, who continue pouring in from all around the globe,” Melugin explained.

Melugin has reported for weeks from the San Diego Sector, posting videos showing a large portion of migrants crossing into the area aren't from Central American nations.

More than 10 million illegal aliens - including known "got-aways" - have crossed the U.S. border unlawfully since Biden took office in January of 2021, shattering records and raising the alarm even among Democrats as unsustainable hordes of migrants flooded into major U.S. cities. Biden's handling - or, rather, non-handling - of the crisis has caused concern for the left heading into the 2024 presidential election, particularly as even Democrat-controlled urban areas feel the pressure from a steady influx of illegals straining local resources, busting budgets, and maxing out city homeless shelters.

And while the continued catch-and-release policy might keep border detention centers from bursting at the seams, it will do nothing to solve those problems. 

Regardless of what any weak Executive Order might claim on paper.