As his old boss did…..
President Biden ‘s admin is NOT gonna just open the doors to full scale migration of South and Central Americans that show up at the US Border and even are sitting in dentation facilities , or show up in immigration courts, which are over a million cases backlogged ….
Immigration IS a rough spot for America….
Advocates are expressing skepticism that steps taken by the Biden administration to address the immigration court backlog will have much impact for the more than 1.3 million people waiting to have their cases decided.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced earlier this month that it was giving its attorneys more discretion to drop cases, a reversal of a Trump-era push to widely seek deportation.
Instead, it directed agency lawyers to weigh how long someone had been in the country and their ties to the community along with other humanitarian factors. …
“There is the enduring issue where by and large the people that have to navigate detention and removal don’t have right to appointed counsel and the vast majority aren’t represented by an attorney,” said Jorge Loweree, policy director at the American Immigration Council.
“This outlines a process to seek and request discretion that in many ways will be unavailable to people that don’t have an attorney, that don’t have a foundational understanding of the detention and removal system, and therefore it will be out of reach for many people that can and should benefit from it.”
When it comes to those who are already sitting in detention, the memo largely advises ICE attorneys to defer to officers in the field on whether someone should remain in custody while they await their case.
“The problem is that ICE is an enforcement agency whose knee-jerk reaction over the past more than a decade now is increasingly to detain people even when it’s just not necessary in the case. And is this memo going to do enough to push them in the other direction? That remains to be seen,” Chen said.
The number of those in detention has risen to 25,000 under President Biden, even as many migrants are swiftly expelled after crossing the border due to a Trump-era policy still in use by the new administration.
“That’s the piece that’s concerning because this memo is not in a vacuum and it exists at the same time NIJC and others have been documenting the systemic problems with a case review system allowing people to languish in detention,” Altman said, pointing to Department of Homeland Security data showing this year migrants have waited an average of more than three months in detention.
Even amid concerns, experts say the memo surpasses the relief that has been offered by previous administrations….