Florida Federal Judge Rules Biden’s “Catch and Release” Policy Violates the Law

"A meaningless line in the sand."

A Florida Federal judge on Wednesday sided with the state’s AG over the Biden Administration’s practice of mass-releasing illegal migrants into the nation’s cities.

“The evidence establishes that Defendants have effectively turned the Southwest Border into a meaningless line in the sand and little more than a speedbump for aliens flooding into the country by prioritizing “alternatives to detention” over actual detention and by releasing more than a million aliens into the country — on “parole” or pursuant to the exercise of “prosecutorial discretion” under a wholly inapplicable statute — without even initiating removal proceedings…There is nothing inherently inhumane or cruel about detaining aliens pending completion of their immigration proceedings.” Florida Federal Judge T. Kent Wetherell


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Screenshot of Florida AG Ashley Moody via YouTube

Florida AG Ashley Moody sued the DHS due to the release of around 100,000 migrants into the state based on an overflow of illegals in detention centers.

“Today’s ruling affirms what we have known all along, President Biden is responsible for the border crisis and his unlawful immigration policies make this country less safe.” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody

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The use of a “parole” system which could include ankle monitors and promises to appear (but usually nothing), has largely been worthless. The judge’s ruling may now result in more migrants in detention centers. Or will the Biden administration actually fix the problem? It has been suggested that they may re-implement some of Trump’s border policies, which would infuriate the leftists.

Federal immigration law allows DHS to “parole” migrants rather than detaining them “on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.” The administration argued that the 2021 memo was an exercise of that discretion because overcrowding in detention centers amounted to a humanitarian crisis.

Wetherell decided that the policy violated the requirement that the government consider parole on a case-by-case basis.

Florida and 19 other Republican-led states are separately challenging another administration policy that would allow hundreds of thousands of people from Cuba, Haiti, Venezuela and Nicaragua to be released into the United States rather than detained each year. Reuters

In a nutshell, this ruling smacked the Biden administration and Mayorkas for violating a statute that was originally intended for case-by-case use. It was NOT intended for mass releases of illegal immigrants. Knowing how the Biden administration often either ignores the law or attempts to skirt it, we wonder what they will do next. They had argued that the Federal government lacked the resources to handle the surge in migrants. Perhaps stopping the “surge” would be the next logical step. But then, the Biden administration has never done anything “logical.”



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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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