A new day is dawning on the Catch-and-release situation forced on the Trump administration due to legal requirements Congress refused to solve.
Anyone who heard the immigration portion of Trump’s UN General Assembly address (Our Video & Transcript here) would have picked up on the message of change he was sending to would-be border-jumpers: ‘don’t bother coming’.
Right after making a strong ethical case for why compassion and justice is on the side of secure borders and NOT ‘open borders’, he addressed would-be migrants directly.
Do not pay the smugglers. Do not pay the coyotes. Do not put yourselves in danger. Do not put your children in danger. Because if you make it here, you will NOT be allowed in. You will be returned home. You will NOT be released into our country as long as I am President of the United States. — Trump Addresses UN General Assembly… Brings A STRONG Message Of Patriotism’s Virtue and Socialism’s Danger (With Text)
Those were not empty words.
Despite a combination of laws that forced the hands of authorities into a frustrating Catch-22 that all but guaranteed catch-and-release would not only continue, but increase further, Trump found innovative solutions to bring that to an end.
As per DHS:
During a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations today in Washington, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced the combined impact of DHS initiatives that will effectively end “catch and release” for Central American families arriving at the border. The policy, which will be instituted by DHS starting next week, is part of the Trump Administration’s strategy to mitigate the loopholes that act as a “pull factor” for family units seeking to cross illegally at the Southwest border.
“With some humanitarian and medical exceptions, DHS will no longer be releasing family units from Border Patrol Stations into the interior,” said Acting Secretary McAleenan. “This means that for family units, the largest demographic by volume arriving at the border this year, the court-mandated practice of catch and release, due to the inability of DHS to complete immigration proceedings with families detained together in custody, will have been mitigated. This is a vital step in restoring the rule of law and integrity to our immigration system.”
If migrant family units do not claim fear of return, they will be quickly returned to their country of origin, in close collaboration with Central American countries. If they do claim fear, they will generally be returned to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).
Implementing these tools ensures effective immigration results without releasing family units into the U.S. interior. This approach also serves as a transition to full implementation of the Flores final rule, which will further allow DHS to hold families together through fair and expeditious immigration proceedings. — DHS
This solution came as a direct result of Trump and his administration negotiating deals with Governments in Mexico and Central or South America while Schumer and Pelosi continued to demonize law enforcement while stonewalling any legislative solutions to the Catch-22 created by Florez.
Their priorities are clear. As they said in one of their own memos, this is about political power for the Dems, and always has been:
The memo from the left-leaning think tank also said that protecting DACA is not only a “moral imperative” but also a “critical component” in winning elections.
“The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success,” the memo read.
It finished, “If Democrats don’t try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2018 and beyond.”
And here he was a week ago, giving an update on the progress of the wall: