Under a brand new plan cooked up by the Biden administration, illegal immigrants who have been convicted of simple assault or driving under the influence, along with other “less serious” drug crimes, will no longer be deported.
The guidelines in question, which were outlined in internal memos that were obtained by the Washington Post, are aiming to prioritize” threats to national security, border security and public safety,” the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in a statement.
The policy severely narrows down the criminal convictions that are required for a person to be considered a “public threat” and to put that person in prison.
“Generally, these convictions would not include drug-based crimes (less serious offenses), simple assault, DUI, money laundering, property crimes, fraud, tax crimes, solicitation, or charges without convictions,” acting director Tae Johnson wrote in a Thursday email. He added that individuals with “gang tattoos” and other “loose” affiliations with gang activity also would not face deportation, according to the Post.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that ICE would not deport illegal immigrants guilty of assault and DUI under the plan during a Monday afternoon briefing. She argued that while such crimes are not “acceptable behavior,” the administration is “talking about the prioritization of who is going to be deported from the country.”
If approved by Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the guidance would drastically reduce ICE arrests and deportations, giving a boost to progressive lawmakers who have long called to abolish the agency. Some Democrats, however, have already expressed discontent with the plan. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D., Texas) stressed his support for ICE agents during a Sunday Fox News appearance, noting that “large groups” of illegal immigrants have attempted to cross the border in his district in recent days.
The real question to ask is that if we cannot deport them back to their own country, what are we supposed to do with these individuals? It’s not a racist policy to send criminals, who are here illegally, back to their home country. That makes perfect. That’s the solution to this problem. Unfortunately, liberals want to increase their voter base and what better demographic than illegal immigrants?