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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Catch and release ends next week

The practice of catching and releasing illegal aliens will end next week, the Department of Homeland Security announced.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan said, "With some humanitarian and medical exceptions, DHS will no longer be releasing family units from Border Patrol Stations into the interior.

"This means that for family units, the largest demographic by volume arriving at the border this year, the court-mandated practice of catch and release, due to the inability of DHS to complete immigration proceedings with families detained together in custody, will have been mitigated. This is a vital step in restoring the rule of law and integrity to our immigration system."

The Rule of Law is the last thing Democrats, drug dealers, and the Chamber of Commerce want. A porous border keeps numerous billion-dollar industries going -- from human trafficking to drugs to cheap labor to population inflation in sanctuary states which gain congressmen and Electoral College votes they didn't earn.

McAleenan said, "I was brought in as Acting Secretary at the height of this crisis, and I can tell you that at the peak in May, we were facing an extraordinarily challenging situation, with overcrowding in border facilities, daily arrivals of almost 5,000 migrants, primarily families and children from Central America.  We lacked effective tools to counter the smugglers bringing unprecedented flows of migrants crossing our border, and we lacked funding from Congress to promptly alleviate the humanitarian crisis. 

"Today, I am pleased to report that daily arrivals are down 64% from the peak in May, and total enforcement actions for Central Americans arriving at the border have been reduced by over 70%.

"And, critically, we have dramatically improved the conditions and care in border facilities."

President Trump gave Mexico a choice in May: either shut down the border or pay tariffs. It chose the former. The invasion has subsided as Mexican soldiers patrol the border. Mexico and some Central American countries now hold asylum seekers, which reduces the number of people in our holding facilities.

McAleenan said, "In terms of the reduction in flow through interdiction and disruption, the single biggest factor has been the efforts of the government of Mexico.

"This has included the deployment of nearly 25,000 troops under the new Mexican National Guard; a focus on increased presence along the Chiapas-Guatemala border; stopping the conveyer belt of large groups to the U.S. border; disruption of key transportation hubs, and, importantly, a dramatic rise in human smuggling arrests and prosecutions."

By safeguarding our border, President Trump is protecting the safety of Americans. He is reducing the number of rapes, murders, and other violent crimes by illegal aliens, as well as reducing the supply of drugs. For the first time in decades, the number of overdose drug deaths fell in America last year.

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