About Time! Legislation Introduced to Support Maligned Border Patrol Agents

A new bill has been introduced in the Senate that would help border patrol agents carry out their job responsibilities, namely enforcing immigration laws. The beleaguered agents not only have been ordered by their superiors to resume catch and release, but their big boss at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services publicly insulted them for wanting to carry out the duties they swore to perform.

In his testimony to Congress, National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd said that agents have been ordered not to arrest illegal immigrants caught crossing the border, and thereby avoid the embarrassment to the White House when they don’t show up for their court date, which has been an ongoing problem. The releases are known as President Obama’s Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). In earlier written testimony, Judd said that catch and release is, along with fewer agents and drug cartels, one of the reasons the border is so porous.

Judd concluded that immigration laws are “mere suggestions,” and nonenforcement at the border is well-known worldwide, a red carpet invitation for foreign nationals to come to the U.S. illegally with a high degree of certainty that they’ll be allowed to remain. A Migration Policy Institute study found PEP provides 87 percent of illegal immigrants with “some degree of protection” from deportation.

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