A brand new report that has recently come out seems to indicate that the Biden administration is proposing a reorganization of the Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency that would massively cut down on the deportations of illegal immigrants.
Alejandro Mayorkas, Homeland Security Secretary has outlined this proposal during a call last week with ICE officials located in Texas. Mayorkas has suggested shuffling around thousands of immigration agents, placing them in investigative roles that would then focus on criminal activity other than violations of immigration law.
“This is an administrative abolishment of ICE as we currently know it,” an anonymous source told the Times in a Sunday report.
The Biden administration plan would take thousands of federal agents out of the roughly 6,000 currently tasked with enforcing immigration law out of their jobs and reassign them as investigators. Roughly 7,000 federal agents currently work on ICE investigations into criminal conduct not including illegal immigration, according to “top officials at the agency” cited by The Washington Examiner.
Last month at his confirmation hearing, Mayorkas told senators that he believed ICE should not be abolished despite pressure on the Biden administration to do so by progressive lawmakers and activists. He was confirmed on February 2 in a 56-43 vote, facing stiff opposition from Republicans in the Senate. Just six Republicans supported his nomination.
“It is the greatest privilege of my life to return to the Department to lead the men and women who dedicate their talent and energy to the safety and security of our nation,” Mayorkas said during his confirmation. “The mission of the Department of Homeland Security is to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values. The United States is a welcoming and empathetic nation, one that finds strength in its diversity. I pledge to defend and secure our country without sacrificing these American values.”
Conservative powerhouse Sen. Tom Cotton made a very solid case against Mayorkas, tossing out allegations that the now-secretary of “selling citizenship” to Chinese nationals that are well connected.
Cotton isn’t the only GOP member in the Senate to slam Mayorkas and disagree with his confirmation. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was also disapproving of the man as the choice for the secretary position in DHS.
“Up to this point, I’ve voted in favor of the president’s mainstream nominees to key posts,” McConnell stated. “Mr. Mayorkas is all too familiar with the levers of power that control U.S. immigration law. The problem is when he’s chosen to pull those levers – and for whose benefit.”