In the document titled “DHS Plan for Southwest Border Security and Preparedness,” Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas details efforts to maintain the Biden Administration's transformation of the border between the United States and Mexico as a simple checkpoint for border crossings. The plan is designed to be implemented after Biden ends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC’s) Title 42 authority that has permitted federal immigration officials to swiftly return illegal immigrants to their countries of origin over the two-year period since the pandemic started. A federal court has indicated that it intends to stop the administration from removing the authority.
“When the Title 42 public health order is lifted, we anticipate migration levels will increase, as smugglers will seek to take advantage of and profit from vulnerable migrants,” Mayorkas admitted.
Biden officials acknowledge that as many as half a million border crossers and illegal immigrants, equal to the number of residents of Atlanta, Georgia, could cross the border each month following the termination of Title 42.
In order to relieve DHS authorities of the record-breaking illegal immigration that is anticipated, Mayorkas contended that the agency will increase taxpayer-funded funding to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as Jewish Family Services and Catholic Charities, which will help to transport border crossers to American communities.
Mayorkas wrote that “in May, we will be able to have around 18,000 foreign nationals within CBP control at any given moment as opposed to 13,000 at the start of 2021. Additionally, we have doubled our capacity to transport noncitizens on a daily basis and have the flexibility to expand further. We are increasing the ability of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to accommodate non-citizens after they are assessed with CBP and are waiting on the outcome of their immigration deportation proceedings. We are also ensuring the proper coordination with and assistance to state, local, and community leaders to reduce the impact on their communities. Our aim is to assist communities to lessen the burden they feel by increasing NGO capacity through the coordination and communication with all the relevant partners and assistance in other areas… such as the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), which is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant program that enhances the ongoing efforts of local NGOs to address the needs of local authorities.”
Mayorkas will also outline in the document the step-by-step procedure by which the DHS will release the tens of thousands of border crossers into American communities each month. In the month of March alone, DHS granted more than 80,000 border crossings to areas of the U.S. interior–more than the population of the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania, the president’s birthplace.
“Upon encountering individuals who have entered between [Ports of Entries], Border Patrol Agents transport them to stations for processing,” Mayorkas explained. “This involves confirming their identities by examining their biographic documents and gathering biometric information. Each person who is processed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is scrutinized against various records systems including the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database to determine if they constitute a national security threat to the public. After initial identification verification and record screening, CBP Agents and Officers decide on the most appropriate process among the options available and according to the person's identity, age, and family status, as well as the results of security screening. The entire process, which includes the final screening for each applicant, is, on average, one to two hours for each person. After the completion of CBP processing, some non-citizens can be swiftly removed, and others could be sent to ICE to remain in detention. Children who are not accompanied must be sent to HHS. Non-citizens who aren't assigned to government organizations are considered to be released during the duration of their removal procedures. This typically involves enrolment in the ICE Alternatives To Detention (ATD) program and coordination with NGOs to aid with the planning of travel from the border, as well as other basic services.”
As part of the strategy, Biden's Department of Defense is expected to “provide, as needed, rapid contracting support for air and ground transportation” to travelers crossing the border who are transported to American communities. The DHS is also aiming for NGOs to offer legal aid to border crossers and illegal aliens to contest deportation orders and obtain legal status in the U.S. “NGOs will be present as well to provide legal orientation services and onward transportation for those low-risk individuals who are ultimately released on ATD,” Mayorkas explained.
Officials at the DHS have stated that they're just providing the “Uber service” for border travelers and illegal aliens, releasing the majority of those who cross the border region of southern American communities with the assistance of non-governmental organizations. “We're like a full-service travel agency,” a source said.
In a privately circulated plan, the Biden Administration has laid out “broadscale release mechanisms” for border crossers as well as illegal immigrants. Biden's Catch and Release network has allowed foreigners into the U.S. interior in numbers higher than the populations of several major American cities. For example, between January 2021 and February 2022, President Biden allowed more than 750,000 border crossers and illegal immigrants into American communities, which does not include illegal immigrants who crossed the border without detection or were unaccompanied alien children (UACs) who were relocated by the federal government.