The federal court judgment that slammed President Biden’s catch-and-release policy described the southwest border as “a meaningless boundary in the sand” and “nothing more than a speedbump” for aliens flowing into the country.
More than a million illegal aliens were freed from the United States in one year under a scheme called Parole Plus Alternative to Detention (Parole+ATD), which was supposed to keep tabs on them using various technologies.
Florida government officials sued the Biden administration in 2021, claiming that its practices allowing illegal immigrants to avoid incarceration after crossing the Mexican border violated immigration laws. Over 100,000 illegal immigrants were believed to have ended up in Florida after being released, according to the state, raising the costs associated with providing medical care, public schooling, and law enforcement services.
This month, a federal judge sided with Florida officials, saying that the Biden administration is responsible for the problem at the southwest border and the influx of migrants.
U.S. District Judge T. Kent Wetherell for the Northern District of Florida stated in his 109-page order that defending alternatives to detention over actual detention has rendered the Southwest Border a meaningless line in the sand and reduced it to little more than a speedbump for illegal aliens flowing into the country.
He suggested that the country has let over a million illegal immigrants stay in it without starting removal procedures by granting them “parole” or exercising “prosecutorial discretion” under an unconstitutional law.
The jurist Trump nominated rejects the government’s justification for the abhorrent program. He compares it to a youngster who kills his parents and begs for sympathy because he is an orphan.
After a weeklong hearing in January, the judge handed down a lengthy judgment that maintains the flogging. Judge Wetherell compared Biden’s open border policy to putting up a neon “come in, we’re open” sign at the southern border.
Judge Wetherell has ruled that Biden’s catch-and-release program violates federal immigration law and has given the administration seven days to comply.
The case was launched by Florida’s attorney general, Ashley Moody, who said the decision proves what everyone has suspected: that Biden is to blame for the border issue and that his illegal immigration policies make the United States less safe.
In a statement, Moody said that a federal judge has now ordered Biden to comply with the law and that his administration must immediately begin securing the border to protect the American people.
Moody and her legal team presented evidence to the court that the Biden administration intentionally reduced Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) holding capacity and constricted removal pathways to force the discharge of several thousands of migrants into the United States. Moody is a former state judge and prosecutor who tried drug, gun, and fraud crimes.
A former top aide at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) claims the ATD program has proven to be a “costly failure,” with thousands of illegal aliens evading yearly monitoring. The program was recently found illegal by a federal court.