Why Is DHS Telling Border Patrol Agents to “Stand Down?”

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The Department of Homeland Security is instructing customs and border agents to arrest illegal immigrants, only to release them back into the public without any means of ensuring they appear for their deportation hearings.

But why?

According to the Washington Examiner:

In a shocking reversal of policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are being told to release illegal immigrants and no longer order them to appear at deportation hearings, essentially a license to stay in the United States, a key agent testified Thursday. What’s more, the stand down order includes a requirement that the whereabouts of illegals released are not to be tracked.

“We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether,” suggested agent Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.

Testifying on the two-year border surge of immigrant youths, Judd said the policy shift was prompted by Obama administration “embarrassment” that just over half of illegals ordered to appear in court actually do.

…The biggest change: Undocumented immigrants are no longer given a “notice to appear” order, because they simply ignore them. Judd said that border agents jokingly refer to the NTAs as “notices to disappear.”

He said the the new policy “makes mandatory the release, without an NTA, of any person arrested by the Border Patrol for being in the country illegally, as long as they do not have a previous felony arrest conviction and as long as they claim to have been continuously in the United States since January of 2014. The operative word in this policy is ‘claim.’ The policy does not require the person to prove they have been here which is the same burden placed on them during deportation proceedings. Instead, it simply requires them to claim to have been here since January of 2014.”

So rather than actually fixing the problem of illegal immigrants dodging court hearings, DHS decided to change the policy in order to save face. They are instructing border agents to ignore the law because the higher-ups are too embarrassed to admit the agency’s process isn’t working.

Not only is that extremely reckless and unethical, but it’s unconstitutional. Congress makes the laws- not unelected government agencies like DHS.

Just like the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security has decided that if they don’t like the law, they simply won’t follow it and hope nobody notices.