U.S. Marshals Ordered to Stand Down on Immigration Enforcement

The Biden administration has ordered the nation’s oldest law enforcement agency, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), created in 1789, to stand down on arresting illegal immigrants, and to no longer detain them for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The marshals’ history began during President George Washington’s first term, and includes in its history the pursuit of dangerous outlaws Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Butch Cassidy, all eventually brought to justice. Biden, however, has abruptly stripped the USMS of its responsibility to enforce federal immigration law, the same authority that deputy marshals of old like Wild Bill Hickock and Wyatt Earp once held.

Under Biden’s mandate, marshals will no longer be able to hold illegal immigrants for ICE pick-up even if the agents have a detainer. As soon as USMS finishes processing an illegal immigrant, the alien will be released into the U.S. interior. A Washington Times story said that the USMS houses about 60,000 people on any given day. Some are deportable migrants who, when released, ICE wants to take custody of. Individuals that USMS holds include aliens that have broken federal laws, and often have committed felonies. Once the new mandate goes into effect, USMS will refuse to honor immigration detainers which officials view as ICE’s main tool to remove dangerous and often convicted criminal aliens.

With his latest disregard for public safety and congressionally approved immigration law, Biden has pulled off a pro-illegal immigration trifecta. Three major enforcement agencies that play essential, frontline roles in assuring that sovereign America is protected against what has become an illegal alien invasion have been stripped of their principal responsibilities.

Now that the Biden administration has taken away USMS’ immigration responsibilities, the 232-year agency joins Customs and Border Protection and ICE in dramatically reduced capacities to protect citizens. Biden’s catch-and-release policy has put thousands of criminal aliens, some with murder and rape convictions, into the interior and onto U.S. streets and neighborhoods. Catch-and-release encourages human smugglers, and the inducement often ends tragically for migrants. More migrants have died on the Southern Border’s U.S. side than at any other time in history. A staggering 700 deaths are projected for this fiscal year, evidence that open borders lure hundreds who may not survive the dangerous journey. CBP’s Southwest Land Border Encounters page states that in August, the most recent month for which data is available, of the 203,597 arrested for illegally crossing the southern border, 74 percent were processed under Title 8, and released into the interior.

Once inside the U.S., the aliens are here to stay. ICE enforcement, as revealed in its much delayed annual report, showed that fiscal year 2021’s data reflected the lowest number of deportations in over a decade. The agency’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deported 59,011 noncitizens in fiscal year 2021 compared to 185,884 foreign nationals deported in fiscal year 2020. ERO also arrested 74,082 noncitizens during fiscal year 2021, a 28 percent decrease from the previous fiscal year’s 103,603 arrests.

Biden’s border agenda defies established immigration law, and the administration’s determination to destroy sovereign America is indefensible. But Biden’s actions become still more incomprehensible when evaluated against public opinion, and with mid-term elections that will determine Congress’ balance close at hand.

The October Harvard-Harris poll found that 23 percent of likely voters identify immigration as among the country’s most critical issues, third after inflation and the economy/jobs. But only 11 percent of Americans think that Democratic leaders are concerned about immigration. Since Biden’s inauguration, he has consistently proven that the perception of him and his Democratic party as unconcerned about immigration and the border crisis is completely accurate.