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William Barr ends illegal immigration catch and release program

April 17, 2019

  It was announced yesterday that William Barr has reversed a 2005 immigration court ruling and he will end the so-called catch and release program for some asylum seekers. Here is more:

In a move that could keep tens of thousands of asylum seekers locked up, the Justice Department said Tuesday that it will deny a large class of undocumented immigrants a bond hearing to argue for their release.

The opinion, by Attorney General William Barr, adheres to the Trump administration’s stance that migrants caught at the border should be detained whenever possible, even when they’ve petitioned for asylum.

The 11-page precedent-setting decision reverses a 2005 immigration court ruling that guaranteed bond hearings for certain migrants. Under the earlier ruling, some migrants who passed a “credible fear” interview — the first step in their asylum review — were eligible to seek release on bond.

The new standard will eliminate that option. The Homeland Security Department will, however, retain discretion to let individual asylum seekers out of detention, a decision that can be dictated by the availability of resources.

  To be honest I am a little surprised he can simply reverse a court decision on his own but we will see if this ever goes into effect because the lawsuits have already started.

  Democrats are sure to fall back on their talking point about the trump administration ripping babies from their mother’s arms, however families are exempt from the new policy.

The ruling, known as Matter of M-S-, will not apply to migrant children traveling alone or with families, Free said. Under the 1997 Flores settlement agreement, children cannot be detained for longer than 20 days.

  In addition to the family exemption people who are seeking asylum and enter the country legally through a port of entry will also be exempted.

the decision does not apply to migrants who seek asylum at ports of entry. They may be granted “parole” into the U.S. and are not eligible for bond hearings.

  So when you come right down to it this new policy only applies to adult illegal immigrant asylum seekers without children who did not enter the country properly and even in those cases the Department of Homeland Security can still decide to let them go.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2019 5:54 am

    At least its getting interesting!! I was surprised too…. should be a fun day….. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 19, 2019 5:21 am

      Well, it was fun watching the meltdown yesterday and I am expecting it to be even better today!


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