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Trump Admin Announces No More Catch And Release — No More Families Will Be Released Into Interior

McAleenan praised Mexico's efforts calling their larger presence of Mexican law enforcement stationed along the U.S. Mexico border as well as at its border with Guatemala

Honestly, I thought this had been done during Pres. Trump’s year one in the Oval office.

On Monday morning, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan made it official when he announced that the Trump administration ended “catch and release,” during his address to the Council on Foreign Relations.

For the longest, Americans have been questioning the idea of ‘catch and release’ as it is the biggest aggregator of illegals being allowed to roam around America with the idea they would show back up for a court date which would determine if the border-crosser was to remain in the states. That was a recipe for disaster.

Without question, it creates a number of loopholes which allow border crossers an easy pass into the U.S., while evading justice. Under the new Trump administration system, migrants must have a credible fear claim that prevents them from returning to their home country. When this happens, they will be turned over to Mexico, according to a DHS press release.

McAleenan: “With some humanitarian and medical exceptions, DHS will no longer be releasing family units from Border Patrol Stations into the interior. 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.”

In May 2019, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 90 percent of migrants that entered the country didn’t do so through the proper ports of entry. May was the peak month for illegal crossings at the U.S. Mexico border.

Since May 2019, numbers have dramatically dropped by 64 percent, which the Trump administration attributes to changing the laws, and working with our partners in Central America and Mexico.

McAleenan praised Mexico’s efforts calling their larger presence of Mexican law enforcement stationed along the U.S. Mexico border as well as at its border with Guatemala, one of the biggest contributing factors of knocking the number down tremendously.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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