President Joe Biden and top officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a series of orders last year to protect most of the country's 11 to 22 million illegal aliens from arrest and deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
Biden's “sanctuary countries” orders, which prevent ICE agents from deporting illegal aliens from most of the country, is the most extensive. They focus on a few who have committed violent crimes, are terrorists or are known gang members. Biden also gave illegal aliens a variety of “protected zones” in which they can avoid arrest and deportation. He is currently trying to crack down further on ICE arrests and has protected illegal aliens from being taken into custody at all courthouses.
These moves have led to a significant drop in the number of deportations and arrests of illegal aliens. However, the administration has refused to release additional data that would reveal the extent of the absence of interior immigration enforcement under Biden.
Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times, however, published unreleased figures showing that the Biden administration had 48 percent fewer convicted illegal aliens and conducted 63 percent fewer deportations. In addition, 46 percent fewer requests were made in fiscal year 2021 for ICE agents to take custody of criminal illegal aliens.
According to the numbers, there are more illegal criminal aliens living in America, and they don't fear being deported or arrested.
“As I have warned for months, Biden is mass-freeing illegal criminal aliens from our nation’s prisons, jails, and then releasing them in our neighborhoods, near schools, offices, and throughout our country. This is a truly evil policy,” Stephen Miller, America First Legal (AFL) president and former senior advisor to President Donald Trump, contended in a statement.
Dinan reported that only 36,619 convicted illegal aliens were deported by ICE agents in fiscal year 2021. Comparatively, ICE agents arrested more than 92,000 convicted illegal aliens in FY 2019 and deported more than 150,000 of them.
Dinan's report shows that the important ICE detainer information–where agents ask local law-enforcement agencies for criminal illegal aliens to be turned over to them instead of releasing them into the U.S. interior–fell sharply. While fiscal year 2019 saw nearly 165,500 ICE detainers issued to criminal illegal aliens, FY 2021 saw just 65,940 ICE detainers slapped on offenders.
Dinan was told by an ICE source that agency officials have had all this data for months, but they have yet to release it. None of this data was published in the ICE's annual report, which was finally published earlier this week.