President Barack Obama’s administration reworked U.S. border patrol policy in 2014, ordering agents to prioritize new illegal immigrants over those that have been here for years.
And that’s a big problem, border agents say. Because illegal immigrants, even those caught in the act of crossing the border, just have to claim they’ve been in America for years. And then agents, under Obama’s order, have to let them go.
The president’s policy has created “an open border with Mexico,” according to a statement by the president of the National Border Patrol Council, Brandon Judd.
Obama’s orders have created a legal loophole that are allowing illegal immigrants — still “dripping-wet… at the Rio Grande” — to escape deportation, according to The Washington Times.
Judd recently told the House Judiciary Committee that his agents were given verbal orders, passed down from the Obama administration, that anyone claiming to have been here since before Jan. 1st, 2014 is to be released.
“We have apprehended illegal aliens just north of the border who are still soaking wet from crossing the river. If they claim, as increasingly they are doing, that they have been here since January 1, 2014, we will process and then release them,” Judd said in written testimony to the committee.
“They are still wet from the river and miles from any civilization and on their word alone we release them unless we physically saw them cross the river,” Judd said in his statement. “This policy de facto creates an open border with Mexico for any illegal alien who wants to claim that they were here before 2014.”
According to The Washington Times, “Both interior and border agents report that illegal immigrants, coached by smugglers, have quickly learned the new priorities and know the right words to use to avoid stricter scrutiny.”