Sep 14, 2021 [Democrats] also voted down amendments that would have prevented illegal aliens with one or more, as well as two more, drunk driving convictions from receiving the amnesty.
Detainers were previously a routine practice where ICE would ask U.S. law enforcement to turn over illegal immigrants once they completed their prison or jail time for deportation. The practice, however, became more controversial over the last 10 years.
Many jurisdictions, now known as sanctuary cities or states, now refuse to cooperate with detainers.
ICE battled sanctuary jurisdictions during the Biden and Trump administration, claiming they were releasing dangerous criminals into the country. With the new rules under Mayorkas, ICE is now canceling detainers and forcing states to release illegal immigrants with criminal records.
Mayorkas insisted being in the country illegally is not reason enough to be deported.
Mayorkas admitted this month that the southern border is in the worst state he’s ever seen – even preceding Biden taking office.
- Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas created new rules in September changing the priority of what illegal immigrant criminals to deport
- The rules will see an illegal immigrant accused of killing a 19-year-old woman in a hit-and-run car crash in Texas in November 2020 no longer facing deportation
- Mayorkas claims the new rules will focus on immigrants who pose national security or public safety risk or who are recent border jumpers
- ICE said less severe criminal record detainers – or requests for deportation – are no longer considered ‘priority lifts’
- Mayorkas, ICE says, doesn’t see them as important targets
Published: 17:10 EST, 31 January 2022 | Updated: 17:47 EST, 31 January 2022
An illegal immigrant accused of killing a woman in a hit-and-run car crash in Texas in November 2020 is no longer facing deportation after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas changed rules to lower the number of removals.
Heriberto Fuerte-Padilla was driving drunk in November 2020 when he caused a car crash, killing 19-year-old Adrienne Sophia. The accused tried to flee the scene but was caught by police.
While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initially wanted authorities to deport Fuerte-Padilla after Texas issued its punishment, the federal agency changed its mind because the individual does not qualify for priority deportation under Mayorkas’ new rules issued in September 2021.
Under Mayorkas’ recently updated rules, according to The Washington Times, many deportation requests were canceled for illegal immigrants who are accused, charged, pleaded guilty to felony charges of evading arrest or even those who have already been convicted of drunk driving, drug possession or domestic assault.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Texas that these detainers – or requests for deportation – are no longer considered ‘priority lifts’, indicating they aren’t seen as important targets under Mayorkas’ rules.
Mayorkas developed the new rules so the two major immigration enforcement agencies, ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), have to give a break to those illegal immigrants with less severe criminal records.