The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is admitting that President Biden’s decision to soon rescind the 2020 CDC emergency order that provided for the quick expulsion of illegal immigrants to protect Americans from aliens with COVID-19 “will likely cause a surge in irregular immigration.”
The DHS response plan?
To simply release many of these new illegal migrants into the country; or in DHS-speak, offer ‘broadscale release mechanisms.” This, according to a leaked DHS draft planning document dated February 17, “DHS Southwest Border Mass Irregular Migration Contingency Plan,” initially published, in its entirety, by Breitbart News.
DHS spokesman did not dispute the authenticity of the document.
The document, which was recently circulated to senior DHS staff, also anticipates that rescinding the Title 42 public health order will “have a direct impact to [sic] short-term holding and processing capacity along the” U.S.–Mexico border. That will stem in part from “the perception that restrictions to entry will be reduced.”
Breitbart reported that a “source within the agency, not authorized to speak to the media, says the plan offers no concrete options other than to exhaust more resources to absorb what will likely be a historic wave of migrants at the southern border.”
The Epoch Times reported one congressman’s reaction to the leaked plan and Team Biden’s “illegal” immigration policies:
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), who represents a portion of a border state, told The Epoch Times in an email after reviewing the report that Biden and Mayorkas “have eviscerated our nation’s border security and immigration enforcement apparatus through various illegitimate executive orders and memorandums.
“Their decisions over the past year have created an unprecedented border crisis that has led to more than 2.5 million people crashing our southern border—an all-time high. And now it appears that their plan to address a new self-created border surge is to simply release everyone into the interior of the United States by lifting the Title 42 public health order,” Biggs said. “The Department of Homeland Security must either enroll all illegal aliens in the Migrant Protection Protocols program or detain them as required by law. Simply releasing them is unacceptable and illegal.”
Reporting on the 115-page leaked plan, The Epoch Times notes that:
As many as 450,000 illegal aliens could arrive along what the DHS calls the southwest border security and irregular migration zones of operation, which stretches from the southern U.S. border through Central America, in a 30-day period, according to one of the planning scenarios in the contingency plan. That could lead to “multiple surges” of 10,000 to 20,000 immigrants hitting different locations at the same time.
DHS, which already dealt with a record-level of illegal immigration during Biden’s first year in office, says ways to remove illegal immigrants “will be limited” apart from pandemic-era powers.
That will lead to using “broadscale release mechanisms” like issuing notices to appear in court, or even releasing illegal immigrants without a court notice, a practice that was not used before Biden took office.
This article originally appeared in American Liberty News. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of The Republican Standard.