Border Agents Discover ‘Most Sophisticated Tunnel in US History’

H/T Western Journal.

These narco-terrorists will do whatever they can to get their poison into America.

An incomplete tunnel found stretching from Arizona to Mexico appears to be “the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history,” authorities said.

The tunnel intended for smuggling ran from San Luis, Arizona, to a Mexican neighborhood and had a ventilation system, water lines, electrical wiring, a rail system and extensive reinforcement, federal officials said Thursday.

“This appears to be the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history, and certainly the most sophisticated I’ve seen in my career,” said Carl E. Landrum, acting chief patrol agent with the Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector.

Homeland Security Investigations found the tunnel in late July.

A camera was sent 25 feet underground after federal agents discovered a sinkhole in the area of a tunnel investigation, authorities said.

Photos show the tunnel measured 3 feet wide and 4 feet high, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement news release.


‘It’s Simple Math’: AZ Officials Praise Trump’s Border Wall

H/T Western Journal.

It is really simple the wall went up and the number of illegals went down.

Several federal and local Arizona officials praised President Donald Trump’s border wall for reducing undocumented immigrant crossings during his Tuesday visit to the state.

“You’re the only president in my 23-year career that has actually come down to the border multiple times to look at — assess what actually needs to be done,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said in a conference with Trump and several other officials, according to the Washington Examiner.

“I worked on the road back in the early 2000s, and I understand firsthand the calls for service related to undocumented immigrants and how high those calls for service were,” Yuma Police Chief Susan Smith told Trump during the briefing, according to the Examiner.

“After the border enhancements were put in place, I can tell you we saw a marked decline in many of those calls associated with undocumented immigrants, such as load vehicles coming across with drugs and humans, human trafficking, stolen vehicles,” Smith said.

Trump visited Yuma, Arizona, on Tuesday to assess the outcome of a $267 million initiative to construct 26 miles of border wall.

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He was greeted by multiple federal and state officials, and he signed the newly completed barrier in the border state, the Examiner reported.

The president’s visit marks the completion of the 200th mile of new border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, KPNX reported.

“It’s not just a wall. I keep saying ‘wall system’ on purpose because what you have delivered is something that has just not been delivered before. It’s not just a bunch of steel in the ground,” acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan said, according to the Washington Examiner.

“Every town, city and state is a border town, border city and border state. Everything that touches our border touches every town, city and state in this country.”

Republican Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls hailed the wall for possibly stemming the spread of the coronavirus in his town.

“If you fast-forwarded that situation to today, and those families were coming through with COVID-19, that would be 5,200 people coming through my community potentially with COVID-19,” Nicholls said.

“So, it’s simple math. The wall prevents people from coming — that prevents the number of exposures we can have to COVID-19. From a local perspective, that helps our community.”

Trump also took to the podium in Phoenix, where he spoke at a Turning Point Action event. The president touted possible strong economic numbers for the third quarter, according to KPNX.

Riot police reportedly responded to protests outside of the event.

Trump Turns Immigration Corner as Deportations Now Outnumber Border Arrests

H/T Western Journal.

A campaign promise made and a promise kept.

Securing the border and deporting illegals.

The Trump administration has executed an astounding turnaround at the southern border, with the number of illegal immigrants being deported now surpassing the total being apprehended trying to cross illegally into the U.S. each month.

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan told Fox Business Network on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s leadership has made all the difference.

“This president’s strategy has given us more tools in our toolbox than we’ve ever had,” Morgan said. “For the last five months, we’ve actually been removing more illegal aliens than we’ve been apprehending.”

“We’ve dramatically reduced, almost all but ended catch and release, and that’s because of this president’s initiatives and this president’s tools that he’s provided us,” Morgan added.

Morgan tweeted a chart on Thursday showing over the past five months that approximately 14,000 more unlawful aliens were deported or returned than arrived.

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For the last 5 months, we are removing and returning more illegal migrants than those apprehended! We are also more effective and efficient at doing so, applying a consequence or pathway to 95% of those we apprehend. This is a game changer.

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In a Thursday news release, Customs and Border Protection reported it conducted 37,119 total enforcement actions in February 2020, including 30,068 apprehensions and 7,051 inadmissibility decisions.

CBP said February’s number of apprehensions represented a 74 percent decrease from the peak of the border crisis in May 2019.

The agency further noted there has been a shift in apprehensions away from family units, who were coming primarily from Central America, to single adult Mexicans and unaccompanied minors.

“The processing pathways and repatriation initiatives which have been implemented by the administration have had a profound effect on CBP’s ability to gain operational control of our borders,” said Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott.

“The Journey is Futile message is resonating with family units, which are at their lowest point since April of 2018. We will continue to utilize every available resource to secure the borders of the United States and keep our communities safe.”

Morgan pointed out in a Thursday tweet that while February saw a slight uptick of 1.3 percent in total apprehensions at the border, that was down significantly from the 30 percent increase from January to February in 2019.

There were 76,545 apprehensions in February last year.

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For the 9th straight month in a row, we continue to make incredible progress strengthening our Southwest border to address the threats we face, specifically the flow of illegal immigration.

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Trump addressed the topic of border security at a town hall in Pennsylvania on Thursday, which aired on Fox News, giving credit to Mexico for also stepping up to help.

“We have right now 27,000 Mexican soldiers on our border, saying that if they don’t do that, we’re going to have to be very tough on Mexico,” Trump said.

The president tweeted in June that Mexico signed an agreement to assist in stemming the flow of migrants in exchange for the U.S. not imposing tariffs.

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I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to….

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….stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States. Details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department. Thank you!

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Trump also told the town hall attendees that wall construction is well underway, with 129 miles built already.

The president anticipates having 500 miles of wall by the beginning of next year.

Additionally, the administration has required those seeking asylum in the United States to apply in a “safe third country” and remain in Mexico while their claim is processed.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has put this policy in jeopardy, however, with a Wednesday ruling stating the administration can no longer enforce it in California and Arizona, NPR reported.

The court delayed its order taking effect until March 12 to see “if the Supreme Court has not in the meantime acted to reverse or otherwise modify our decision.”

All the president’s policies taken together have been having their desired effect.

Trump famously ran on building a southern border wall and addressing the flow of illegal immigrants and illicit drugs into the United States.

Despite practically no help from Democrats in Congress, and continuous court battles, he is achieving those goals.


Trump Announces Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities: ‘The Federal Government Will Be Withholding Funds’

H/T Western Journal.

I am glad to see President Trump dropping the hammer on the lawbreaking Sancuraty Cities and states.

President Donald Trump announced Thursday his administration will begin withholding federal funding from sanctuary cities after a federal appeals court last week ruled in his favor.

The president did not specify when the fund-withholding process would begin.

“As per recent Federal Court ruling, the Federal Government will be withholding funds from Sanctuary Cities. They should change their status and go non-Sanctuary. Do not protect criminals!” Trump tweeted.

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As per recent Federal Court ruling, the Federal Government will be withholding funds from Sanctuary Cities. They should change their status and go non-Sanctuary. Do not protect criminals!

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The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled on Feb. 26 that the Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars in federal law enforcement grants to cities and states that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement officials by releasing information about the immigration status of alleged or convicted criminals.

The ruling overturned a lower court decision that ordered the administration to release funding to sanctuary cities and states, whether or not they cooperate with immigration officials.

Following the court’s decision, Judge Reena Raggi wrote for the three-judge panel that “we cannot agree that the federal government must be enjoined from imposing the challenged conditions on the federal grants here at issue.”

“These conditions help the federal government enforce national immigration laws and policies supported by successive Democratic and Republican administrations,” Raggi went on.

“But more to the authorization point, they ensure that applicants satisfy particular statutory grant requirements imposed by Congress and subject to Attorney General oversight.”

Department of Justice spokesperson told The New York Times that the court’s decision “rightfully recognizes the lawful authority of the attorney general to ensure that Department of Justice grant recipients are not at the same time thwarting federal law enforcement priorities.”

The Department of Justice first announced in 2017 it would begin withholding grant money from cities and states until they agreed to give federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in its custody who is in the country illegally would be released from jail.

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, “So-called ‘sanctuary’ policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes.”

In response to the Justice Department decision, the federal government was sued by seven states and New York City.

Federal appeals courts in Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco previously ruled in favor of sanctuary states New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia and Rhode Island — and New York City.

Federal law requires local governments to cooperate with immigration officials by sharing information about the immigration status of people they arrest or convict of crimes.

In an effort to shield people in the country illegally from potential deportation, many sanctuary cities and states refuse to share such information with immigration authorities.

Trump announced in February his administration would be sending 100 border patrol officers to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in cities across the country, The New York Times reported.

The cities included Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco and Newark, New Jersey.

Illegals Learn Nasty Lesson as They Get Stuck on Trump-Built Border Wall

H/T Western Journal.

The new border wall is not easy to overcome.

One of the primary critiques of President Donald Trump’s new border wall is that such a barrier would be ineffective at achieving the stated goal of increasing security.

Specifically, some critics have ludicrously claimed that barriers at the border won’t stop drug traffickers and illegal aliens from entering the country. They argue that at best it would be little more than a costly hindrance that could be rapidly overcome.

However, three illegal aliens from Mexico learned the hard way that the border wall critics were incredibly wrong in that assessment.

The trio of interlopers attempting to sneak into the country ended up trapped atop a section of the 30-foot-tall fence in the San Diego, California, area on Jan. 5, The Washington Times reported.

After U.S. Border Patrol agents spotted the three perched atop the tall wall, and with an assist from the San Diego Fire Department, they were promptly helped down from the precarious position and taken into custody.

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On Jan. 5, just after midnight, agents & SD fire dept. rescued 3 subjects that had become stuck atop the 30ft. border wall. The Mex. nationals were safely lowered to the ground & arrested by . Smugglers place an emphasis on profits over safety. Thankfully no one was injured.

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According to a news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, the three individuals had attempted to use the cover of a dense fog in the area to illegally enter the United States.

Unfortunately for them, after reaching the top of the 30-foot steel wall near Otay Mesa, the three intruders found that they were unable to safely descend to the other side of the fence due to the wet and slippery condition of the mist-slicked steel.

Making matters worse for them, it also appeared that they had been abandoned and left atop the wall by whoever had initially assisted their attempt to smuggle themselves across the border.

Once safely lowered from the top of the wall, the three individuals — a man and two women — were questioned and discovered to be Mexican nationals who’d illegally entered the country. At that point, they were taken into custody and transported to the nearest Border Patrol station for processing.

“These three were very fortunate to not have fallen from the top of the wall which could have resulted in serious injury or death,” Aaron Heitke, acting Chief Patrol Agent of the San Diego Sector, said in a statement. “These dangers are not important considerations to smugglers, who place an emphasis on profits over safety.”

The Times noted that the three illegals trapped atop the wall were indeed lucky to have not fallen and hurt themselves. Falling off the wall is apparently a fairly regular occurrence that Border Patrol agents must deal with, according to Supervisory Agent Jeffrey Stephenson, who pointed out that injured illegal aliens are immediately given whatever medical attention is necessary as soon as they are discovered.

He explained, “The falls have led to numerous serious injuries including broken legs, broken ankles, skull fractures, brain bleeds, broken scapula, fractured vertebrae, and appendicitis.”

Interestingly, Fox News reported that this incident occurred in an area near San Diego where President Trump’s proposed border wall system has been fully realized.

The old 8-foot “landing mat”-style barriers and mesh fences directly on the border had been replaced with 18-foot steel bollards featuring a steel plate at the top, which the three invaders had managed to clear. However, they were stymied by the secondary 30-foot bollard wall that is set back a short distance from the shorter primary wall, creating a sort of corridor between the walls that agents can traverse in their efforts to enforce the border.

The section where the incident occurred was part of a project that started in 2018 to completely replace about 14 miles of the old single barrier that was easily breached with the new double-layered system that has now been proven to be much more difficult to overcome.

It should be obvious to all that, despite what the naysayers may claim, the new border wall system is being built — slowly but surely — and it is rather effective at preventing illegal incursions or, at the very least, slowing down and delaying interlopers until they can be apprehended by agents.

Trump Administration Begins New Strategy of Deporting Illegal Immigrants Deeper Into Mexico

H/T Western Journal.

When President Trump was running for office he promised to do something about the border now he is keeping his promise.

The Trump administration has expanded its efforts to deter illegal immigration by starting to return Mexican migrants deeper into the country instead of releasing them at the border.

In December, the Department of Homeland Security started running flights from Tucson, Arizona, to Guadalajara, Fox News reported.

DHS plans to run two flights returning 250 migrants a week starting at the end of January.

According to anonymous officials quoted by Fox News, all of the migrants being flown to the interior of Mexico are Mexican nationals from non-border states and either recently illegally entered the U.S. or were ruled deportable by an immigration judge.

This new plan was put into action in an attempt to make it harder for repeat offenders to try crossing the border illegally again. Officials say releasing migrants closer to their hometowns makes it easier for them to quickly receive aid from the Mexican government.

The Mexican government requested this move to help with the border crisis, according to the unnamed officials.

“This is another example of the Trump Administration working with the Government of Mexico to address the ongoing border security crisis,” DHS spokeswoman Heather Swift told Fox News.

Mexico has been a great partner in stopping illegal migration before they reach our border and in standing up the Migrant Protection Protocol, which has allowed us to provide court dates to more than 55,000 individuals.”

The migrants who will be flown to the center of Mexico are not part of the Migrant Protection Protocols.

MPP or the “Remain-in-Mexico” policy ended the “catch-and-release” policy and migrants are now returned to Mexico to wait for their immigration hearings.

Met with opposition from human rights activists, the MPP policy is currently facing a legal challenge at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Trump administration has also reached an agreement with Guatemala to send asylum-seekers to Guatemala to apply for asylum there, Reuters reported.

Opponents of this agreement say that asylum seekers will face greater danger in Guatemala where 2017 data compiled by the World Bank shows the murder rate is five times higher than in the U.S.

The agreement only applies to migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico, but exceptions are made for migrants who can prove they are “more likely than not” to be persecuted in Guatemala.

The Mexican government released a statement in opposition to the Guatemala agreement.

“The Government of Mexico, together with authorities at the state and local level, will work to offer better options to Mexicans who may be affected by this provision,” the statement read.

“Likewise, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will promptly monitor the fulfillment of the human rights contemplated in the international agreements signed and ratified by both Mexico and the United States.”

Trump Admin to Divert $7 Billion From Pentagon to Build 900 More Miles of Border Wall

H/T Flag And Cross.

President Trump when he was running for office he promised to build a border wall now he is keeping his promise.

This is likely to tick a few people off…

President Trump made so many promises to the American people back when he was a candidate that even many Republicans thought he wouldn’t accomplish most of it. But he’s proving everyone wrong. He was the right man at the right time for the office. Period. Check out what’s going on with one of Trump’s biggest promises, via Daily Wire:

The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to divert more than $7 billion in funds from the Pentagon to build an additional nearly 900 miles of border wall along the southern border.

Internal planning figures obtained by The Washington Post allegedly showed that the administration is planning to divert $7.2 billion to construction of the border wall.

What is it with certain Americans who put people from other nations before Americans? Does that make any sense, whatsoever?

Shouldn’t these other countries work to improve their own situations so they don’t have to risk losing people day after day?

Shouldn’t liberal judges abide by the United States Constitution before going out on their own?

From Washington Examiner:

A federal judge has blocked President Trump from diverting Pentagon funds from various military projects toward building a wall on the United States’s southern border.

Judge David Briones of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas issued the block in response to a lawsuit by El Paso County, Texas, and the Border Network for Human Rights.

Classic Joe Biden. The former vice president can’t seem to escape his gaffe-prone ways, yet continues to remain in the public eye.

When it comes down to it and Joe goes head-to-head with President Trump in the 2020 general election, Biden stands an excellent chance of being a thrice failed candidate for POTUS.

Check out this recently unearthed clip of Biden sounding eerily similar to Trump when it comes to Mexico – and it’s not from that long ago.


A review of rhetoric from Joe Biden’s record on immigration. It included boasting about needing a 700 mile fence to stop “tons…tons…tons” of drugs from “corrupt Mexico” in 2006. Jailing employers who hire “illegals” and not allowing sanctuary cities.


Check out what happens when college students find out these border wall quotes were made by the likes of Schumer, Hillary, and Obama after being told they were made by President Trump.

It’s priceless.


BREAKING: Clinton Judge Blocks, Billions In Funding For Border Wall

H/TRight Wing Tribune.

No big surprise a judge appointed by an open borders President Clinton would try to stop a President Trump that wants to control our borders.

A federal judge, who was appointed by Bill Clinton has ruled that the Trump administration cannot use several billion dollars in military funding to pay for border wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico wall.

The liberal judge, David Briones has served on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas since his appointment by former President Bill Clinton in 1994.

“After due consideration, the Court is of the opinion that a declaratory judgment and permanent injunction shall be granted in Plaintiffs’ favor,” Briones wrote in the court ruling.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that the decision regards a lawsuit brought by Border Network for Human Rights, an immigration-rights organization, and El Paso County, Texas. The plaintiffs argued that President Donald Trump overstepped his authority when he declared an emergency at the southern border earlier in 2019, allowing him to reallocate more funds for the border wall on top of the $1.375 billion Congress had just appropriated for construction at the time.

Border Network for Human Rights and El Paso County were represented by Protect Democracy, a progressive group that regularly litigates against the Trump administration, the DCNF reported.

“The president’s emergency proclamation was a blatant attempt to grab power from Congress. Today’s order affirms that the president is not a king and that our courts are willing to check him when he oversteps his bounds. This is a huge win for democracy and the rule of law,” said Kristy Parker, counsel for Protect Democracy.

The ruling would affect Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s recent move to divert $3.6 billion in military construction funds to numerous projects across the U.S.-Mexico border. However, there are other funds of which the judge’s decision has not affected. The White House, like many other unfavorable court decisions in the past, is expected to appeal the ruling.

The Trump administration has completed about 83 miles of barricade along the southern border, but most of these sections have been the replacement of old, dilapidated walls with newer ones. The administration, spearheaded by Jared Kushner, is aiming to complete at least 400 miles by November 2020.

These radical leftists are out of control.

Open borders, sanctuary cities, abolishing ICE, ripping live babies out of the womb and killing them alive and the list goes on and on.

Total insanity.

We have to stop these people before America is completely destroyed.

Democrats Condemn Fake ICE University: But It Started Under Obama

H/T The Lid.

The left is losing their mind over a fae ICE University that started under Bathhouse Barry Obama.

I say set up fake welfare offices to catch illegals.

On Monday, we were informed that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had arrested roughly 250 students since January on immigration violations as part of a sting operation involving a fake university, actress Alyssa Milano, a fervent opponent of ICE, tweeted, “OH MY GOD. ICE has arrested about 250 students who were enrolled at a fake university set up by ICE to lure in students.”

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ICE has arrested about 250 students who were enrolled at a fake university set up by ICE to lure in students. 

ICE arrests 90 more students at fake university in Michigan

Since January, ICE has arrested about 250 students who were enrolled at a fake university in Farmington Hills set up by ICE to lure in students.

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I thought liberals like Alyssa Milano weren’t allowed to recognize God. Is she complaining about the fake university, or is she kind of tense because she’s still observing that sex strike she started.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


Earlier this year, Congress rushed to approve BILLIONS more $ for ICE + CBP.

I saw members voting YES w/o even a summary of the bill. Nobody cared then how we’d pay for it.

Now ICE is setting up fake universities to trap students.

Yet we were called radical for opposing it.

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Come on, AOC, think of it as free college. You socialists love free stuff, even though you don’t want us to call it free stuff.

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This is cruel and appalling. These students simply dreamed of getting the high-quality higher education America can offer. ICE deceived and entrapped them, just to deport them. 

ICE arrests 90 more students at fake university in Michigan

Since January, ICE has arrested about 250 students who were enrolled at a fake university in Farmington Hills set up by ICE to lure in students.

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But Pocahontas, it’s no crueler than your wealth tax plan which will result in taxing some rich people over 100%. Or your proposal to create at least 20 new bureaucracies. 

Progressives unleashed on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Wednesday over reports that the agency arrested 90 foreign-born students who had enrolled in a fake university, but someone forgot to tell them that the sting operation predates their favorite target, President Trump.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and others reacted to news of the arrests by accusing ICE of entrapping students and implying that the tactic was new under the Trump administration. As it turns out, former President Obama’s administration not only founded the fake university, it engaged in a similar operation in New Jersey in 2016.

“Earlier this year, Congress rushed to approve BILLIONS more $ for ICE + CBP,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “I saw members voting YES w/o even a summary of the bill. Nobody cared then how we’d pay for it. Now ICE is setting up fake universities to trap students. Yet were [sic] called radical for opposing it.”

“This is cruel and appalling,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted. Actress and activist Alyssa Milano similarly seemed shocked by the news.

Just like Obama’s policy of separating families and putting children in detention but no outcry from the left until now. Now there’s a mad scramble to spin it when it’s pointed out to them this started before the Trump Presidency.

Police set up sting operations law enforcement efforts. I don’t see a problem with them enforcing the law and using the tools that are available to them.

What’s wrong with creating a fake University to draw out fake Americans?

2020 Dems Plan Deportation Freeze

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

This is why we need to reelect President Trump in 2020.

We need President Trump tp keep our border closed and make the border safe.

‘The result would basically be open borders,’ expert says.

Multiple 2020 Democrats have voiced interest in or support for a freeze on deportation of illegal immigrants, a move that immigration expert Jessica Vaughn said would effectively put an end to border enforcement.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), and former Obama administration official Julián Castro have all backed either suspending deportations or dismantling detention facilities for those caught crossing the border. In fiscal year 2019, a wave of unauthorized immigrants at the southwestern border led to what U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has called a “humanitarian crisis.” Loosened enforcement would likely exacerbate this situation, according to Jessica Vaughn, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.

“A moratorium on deportations would cause chaos in the immigration system and prevent ICE from removing even the worst of the worst criminal aliens that are the bulk of its case load,” Vaughn told the Washington Free Beacon. “The result is basically open borders.”

Speaking Friday at a forum hosted by the Latino activist group Mijente, Warren said that she is “open to suspending deportations, particularly as a way to push Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.” She added that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is “focusing on people who do not pose a threat” and does not “make this country safer.”

Other 2020 Democrats have made similar proposals. In his immigration plan, Sanders promises to, on his first day in office, “put a moratorium on deportations until a thorough audit of current and past practices and policies is complete.” Castro’s plan did not call for a moratorium, but did propose to dismantle immigration detention and restructure ICE.

If implemented, such policies would allow tens of thousands of individuals with standing deportation orders to remain in the country. In fiscal year 2019 alone, immigration judges granted more than 186,000 deportation orders, nearly six times the number of orders they rejected. In fact, in 2019 ICE asked for the deportation of even more people—more than 440,000—contributing to the immigration court system’s million-person backlog.

The result of halting deportations would be an immigration system asked to care for many more people than current detention centers can contain. A moratorium would force the administration to consider the release of even violent criminal offenders slated for deportation, according to Vaughn.

“The detention centers would quickly fill up, and ICE would have to start releasing some of these people, or Congress would have to provide additional funding for detention space,” she said. “ICE would basically become a detention agency instead of a deportation agency, and that strikes me as something that Elizabeth Warren would not be in favor of, except these cases are so egregious because she couldn’t really order them to be released either.”

The “egregious” cases might include unauthorized criminal offenders apprehended by ICE. Such apprehensions usually follow an individual’s arrest by local law enforcement and referral to federal officials. In fiscal year 2018, of the 256,000 illegal immigrants deported from the United States, 145,000—roughly 57 percent—were “convicted criminal illegal immigrants.” Among the tens of thousands still awaiting deportation are criminals charged with drug trafficking, sex offenses, and weapons charges.

A deportation moratorium would also likely lead to an increase in illegal immigration, as would-be border crossers discover they could expect to be apprehended and then released into the United States, rather than being detained in already overflowing detention facilities. The resulting wave, Vaughn said, would likely dwarf the nearly one million people who attempted to cross the border illegally in the last fiscal year.

“It would set off levels of illegal immigration that would make the current border crisis look like a picnic,” she said. “Word would get around so fast that there are no deportations that obviously everyone would take advantage of that.”