According to the New York Post, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), handicapped by the Biden administration’s new policies, “carried out the lowest number of monthly deportations on record in April” despite the fact that we are seeing record numbers of illegal border crossings.
At a level that is not over half of the normal amount, if the low rate of deportations continues then we will only see a total of 55,000 deportations in all of 2021.
“Immigrations and Customs Enforcement carried out the lowest number of monthly deportations on record in April, as illegal border crossings remain at 20-year highs,” The New York Post stated this past Thursday. “ICE deported 2,962 immigrants last month, the first time the number has fallen below 3,000, according to figures obtained by the Washington Post.
“April deportations saw a 20 percent decline from March, when ICE deported 3,716,” the news source went on to add.
Historically, ICE has instigated the deportation of around 100,000 people per year, but this year, however, the group is only on track to deport only 55,000 people.
This drastic drop is the direct consequence of a new policy that was set in place by the Biden administration. The new policy greatly restricts who can be deported from any illegal immigrant convicted of a crime to only those who are considered a “national security risk.”
“President Biden and the Department of Homeland Security in March revised their guidelines on deportations to switch from deporting illegal immigrants convicted of crimes like fraud, assault, money laundering and driving under the influence to instead focus on those who pose a ‘national security risk,'” reported the Post.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has concentrated its limited law enforcement resources on threats to national security, border security, and public safety,” Ice released in a statement. “This has allowed ICE to focus on the quality of enforcement actions and how they further the security and safety of our communities rather than the simple quantity of arrests and removals.”
Biden made the pledge early on once he took office to stop deportations and for the entirety of the first 100 days since he took office, ICE deportations were for the most part on hold due to the executive order set by President Joe Biden that was signed immediately after his inauguration.
The order does not, however, mean that a total halt on all deportations has taken place. The Biden administration allowed a Trump administration provision to stay in place that allowed the government to “remove” or simply “expel” illegal immigrants with no explanation under a theory that they could lead to the spread of COVID-19.