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Trump orders end of “catch and release” policy for illegals

Trump orders end of “catch and release” policy for illegals

Part of Crackdown On Illegal Entries At Mexican Border


As a “caravan of migrants” makes its way to our Southern border, President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are working in tandem to tighten border security. The migrants are marching toward our southern border with the intent of entering the U. S. by seeking asylum, crossing illegally, or by exploiting the ongoing “catch and release” policy.

Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reported a 203% increase in illegal border crossings from March 2017 to March 2018 and a 37% increase from February 2018 to March 2018.

In response, President Trump has issued a memo ordering an end (at long last) to “catch and release,” and AG Sessions has announced a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal entry to the U. S.

Trump’s memo instructs agencies to “expeditiously end” the practice known as “catch and release.”

The Hill reports:

President Trump signed a memorandum on Friday ordering agencies to “expeditiously end” the practice known as “catch and release” that allows immigrants caught in the U.S. without proper documents to be released from detention while their cases play out in court.

The memo signed by Trump orders the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with other agencies, to submit a report to the president within 45 days “detailing all measures that their respective departments have pursued or are pursuing to expeditiously end ‘catch and release’ practices.”

The report instructs departments to share information on any contracts to construct or operate detention facilities along the border as well as steps taken to assign asylum officers at detention facilities, among other measures.

As part of the order, Trump is requesting “a detailed list of all existing facilities, including military facilities, that could be used, modified, or repurposed to detain aliens for violations of immigration law at or near the borders of the United States.”

Trump has also directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to identify any other resources or steps “that may be needed to expeditiously end ‘catch and release’ practices.”

For his part, Sessions has notified all U.S. Attorney’s Offices along the Southwest Border of a new “zero-tolerance policy.”

The new policy warns potential illegal entrants that “the full prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice” will be brought to bear against them.

The Kansas City Star reports:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday ordered a “zero tolerance” policy aimed at people entering the United States illegally for the first time on the Mexican border.

Sessions told federal prosecutors in border districts to put more emphasis on charging people with illegal entry, which has historically been treated as a misdemeanor offense for those with few or no previous encounters with border authorities. Smugglers and frequent offenders are usually charged with more serious crimes.

His one-page order lacks specifics on how the policy will be carried out but signals that major change is in the works. He tells prosecutors to ask for additional resources if needed to prosecute cases.

According to the Hill, this zero-tolerance policy is a response to “a report from the Department of Homeland Security that showed a 203 percent increase in illegal border crossings from March 2017 to March 2018 and a 37 percent increase from February 2018 to March 2018 — the largest month-to-month increase since 2011.”

From Sessions:

“The situation at our Southwest Border is unacceptable. Congress has failed to pass effective legislation that serves the national interest—that closes dangerous loopholes and fully funds a wall along our southern border. As a result, a crisis has erupted at our Southwest Border that necessitates an escalated effort to prosecute those who choose to illegally cross our border,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“To those who wish to challenge the Trump Administration’s commitment to public safety, national security, and the rule of law, I warn you: illegally entering this country will not be rewarded, but will instead be met with the full prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice. To the Department’s prosecutors, I urge you: promoting and enforcing the rule of law is vital to protecting a nation, its borders, and its citizens. You play a critical part in fulfilling these goals, and I thank you for your continued efforts in seeing to it that our laws—and as a result, our nation—are respected.”

Here is the full text of the memo:


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Sweet: we have a leader who is finally here taking our concerns about illegal immigration seriously.

Bitter: we had to endure this catch and release nonsense for so many years

It’s that feeling you get after finally leaving a cheating abusive spouse of ten years. “Why the hell did I put up with this for so long?”

Dear GOP, we are never ever ever getting back together.

    walls in reply to Fen. | April 7, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Better now than never, but Trump should have done this on Day 1 … right out of the gate. It’s also time to round up all the illegals and implement massive deportation on an express basis.

    When is Sessions going to play ‘catch and not release’ with klinton, obama, comey and the rest of the gang?

Time to build huge open air prisons in the southwestern desert to hold illegals while their deportation is being processed. It should take 3 years to process those who resist deportation. Those that have been deported previously will spend 9 years while being processed for deportation.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to ConradCA. | April 7, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Feed, clothe, medicate, and house for three years?

      Let Sheriff Joe run it.

      Bologna sandwiches, pink underwear and an aspirin, if they need it.

        +10 Billion likes to this suggestion.

        Give him a signed, sealed and delivered Presidential immunity letter to keep in his safe for the inevitable Deep State accusation of criminally violating the prisoner’s civil rights.

      Three cold meals and a cot. Same every day every meal. Only vary for something particularly hated and awful just to remind them that the standard fare is bad but edible.

      Tents to sleep in. No tvs, no visiting facilities all done by phone, charge them for everything. No store or commissary facilities, what you are given is what you get. No access for the press. No overflights allowed for security reasons. Work them like dogs.

      Allow anyone who wants to and agrees to sign away all rights to return or stay to leave on a one way ticket home. Any caught again will get ten years working on the wall.

      That will discourage them.

      Close The Fed in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | April 8, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Re: The Friendly Grizzly

      Feeding them and putting a tent over their head, especially with women segregated from men, is far, FAR, cheaper, than paying for multiple OB-GYN doctors to deliver their multiple children, to give these new children EBT cards, to give them free day care, to give them free k-12 schooling, to pave new roads for them to travel on, to build all the infrastructure needed for them. The benefits and burdens are multitudinous.

      We have trailers at our schools… and always a new and higher school tax, to cover all the new illegals and anchor babies…. etc., etc., ad nauseum.

    tom_swift in reply to ConradCA. | April 7, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Interestingly enough, it was the high mortality rate of the populations confined to such open stockades in Cuba which inspired President McKinley to send a battleship to Havana in 1898. And the rest is history.

This is how you restore faith in the Rule of Law.

“When the the responsible authorities fail to act, other forms of authority will assert themselves. They may not behave responsibly, but they will act” – Glen Reynolds

We often forget that Justice is not only meant to protect the innocent, it’s there to protect the guilty from the mob.

I don’t think the Ninth Circuit is going to like this very much.

    walls in reply to franker. | April 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Don’t you mean Ninth Circus?

    MarkS in reply to franker. | April 7, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    How can they be so wrong so often?

    I don’t think that the Trump Administration is going to care if the 9th Circus likes it or not.

    Immigration enforcement is a core power of the Executive branch, and has been further delegated that authority from Congress.

    Let me quote from the much hated Korematsu decision, which despite all protestations by the Progressives is still Stare Decisis:

    [Korematsu] was excluded because we are at war with the Japanese Empire, because the properly constituted military authorities feared an invasion of our West Coast and felt constrained to take proper security measures, because they decided that the military urgency of the situation demanded that all citizens of Japanese ancestry be segregated from the West Coast temporarily, and, finally, because Congress, reposing its confidence in this time of war in our military leaders—as inevitably it must—determined that they should have the power to do just this.

    Substitute “besieged by invading Central-American aliens” for “at war with the Japanese Empire” and “Southern Border” for “West Coast” and “Mexican, Central American and South American” for “Japanese” and you have a decision that allows for the segregation of US CITIZENS from the area, let alone those criminal alien invaders.

buckeyeminuteman | April 8, 2018 at 7:48 am

And why wasn’t this ended on 21 Jan 17? Took long enough. Also, thought I had heard that illegal border crossings had been plummeting since the 2016 election.

    They were plummeting, because the numbers were so run up at the end of the Obama Administration due to catch-and-release, and the Obama Administration treatment of Unaccompanied Minors.

    Then it plummeted because Trump was elected, and promised enforcement, so only the truly desperate actually tried to cross, thinking that once DACA/Amnesty was passed, that they would be able to sneak across, fraudulently file, and get on the legalization track.

    With DACA effectively dead, and amnesty looking increasingly unlikely, that bottled-up “demand” to cross is now trying desperately to flood across before security measures (like the wall or the Army) are deployed to the Southern US Border, with the vain hope that they can slip through and disappear into the remaining shadows.

    Close The Fed in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | April 8, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Re: Buckeye Minuteman:

    The influx was declining, but then Trump opened his big mouth and started talking “amnesty.” Any talk about “amnesty” here opens the flood gates at our border.

    He wanted to show the dems are lying about wanting to help illegal aliens, and he did, but in the process he exposed Americans to more and more illegal alien invasions.

    Aliens know they aren’t investigating applicants. They get fake utility records, etc., and voila! they’ve been here for forever, even if they only know 2 words in English.

Dilbert Deplorable | April 8, 2018 at 9:02 am

At long last.

Any American with an IQ over single digits knew Catch and release was a total fraud.

Now we finally have a ‘for the people by the people’ President who confronts the fraud that is our corrupt Federal Government.

I’d like to see Trump implement “Operation Wetback II” like Eisenhower did with General Joe Swing in 1954. It worked then … it can work now. Every illegal … and that includes DACA … needs to go. We just need the national will … we do it now, or this country is lost forever.