An internal memo within the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector has raised concerns among law enforcement officials and conservatives alike, following revelations that single adults from the Eastern Hemisphere are being released into the U.S. upon arrival. The memo, obtained by Fox News, outlines a directive to categorize individuals from most Eastern Hemisphere countries as “hard” or “very hard” to remove, generating controversy amid the ongoing illegal alien immigration debate.

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This development comes in the wake of Joe Biden’s recent executive order, which effectively banned asylum for the majority of illegal aliens. Biden, in a move described as circumventing Republican opposition, emphasized his commitment to leveraging executive powers to tackle border issues independently. The memo, as reported by the Washington Examiner’s Anna Giaritelli, highlights that while single adults from the Eastern Hemisphere are generally processed through “NTA/OR” (Notice to Appear/released on Own Recognizance), exceptions are made for illegal aliens originating from select countries such as Russia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Moldova, and Kyrgyzstan, which are classified as “mandatory referral” countries.

“Specifically, the memo instructs agents to process all single adults from 100+ countries in the eastern hemisphere as NTA/OR, which means “Notice to Appear/Release on Own Recognizance”, except for six countries which are deemed “mandatory referral” countries (Uzbekistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan).

President Biden & DHS promised consequences & removal for those who cross illegally between ports of entry after the executive order took effect – but the overwhelming majority of illegal crossers in San Diego sector, including the Chinese, Middle Eastern, & African adults we’ve been showing, are still being released into the U.S. with future court dates, as our coverage has shown repeatedly with Border Patrol mass releases at a trolley station in San Diego.

In a background call with reporters, DHS officials acknowledged the difficulty of removing illegal immigrants from eastern hemisphere countries, as some governments won’t cooperate with U.S. repatriation flights/travel documents & won’t take their citizens back.

DHS officials said they are engaged with these countries and are trying to enhance cooperation.

Bottom line in the short term: Mass catch & release continues for illegal immigrants in San Diego sector, who continue pouring in from all around the globe.” – Bill Melugin

Despite assertions by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Joe Biden regarding consequences for unauthorized border crossings under the new executive order, a substantial number of illegal aliens continue to be released into the U.S. within the San Diego sector. Video footage captured by Fox News depicts Border Patrol buses releasing numerous illegal aliens at a trolley station in San Diego on a near-daily basis, prompting criticisms of lax enforcement policies.

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Complicating matters further are the challenges posed by countries labeled as “recalcitrant,” refusing to cooperate with U.S. deportation efforts and declining to repatriate their citizens. During a DHS briefing with reporters, officials acknowledged the difficulty in removing individuals from certain Eastern Hemisphere nations, citing ongoing efforts to secure cooperation, particularly with China.

Amid ongoing concerns about mass catch-and-release practices, questions persist regarding the efficacy of the executive order’s enforcement mechanisms. The presidential proclamation accompanying the order seeks to temporarily halt migrant entries across the southern border once the average daily border encounters surpass 2,500 over a seven-day period, in conjunction with heightened asylum standards mandated by DHS and the Department of Justice. Notwithstanding these measures, significant exceptions exist within the rule, exempting legal immigrants, unaccompanied children, and individuals deemed as victims of severe trafficking.

Moreover, exemptions extend to individuals scheduling appointments via the CBP One app at designated ports of entry, where approximately 1,500 individuals gain entry daily. Additional allowances are made for cases necessitating entry based on various considerations, including law enforcement, officer and public safety concerns, as well as urgent humanitarian and public health interests warranting entry for noncitizens.

As debates surrounding immigration policy management and border enforcement intensify, the evolving landscape of border decisions and their implications on U.S. immigration dynamics remains a subject of critical scrutiny among stakeholders and observers alike.

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