Fmr CPB head slams Biden’s new guidelines on ICE arrests

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 25: Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan testifies at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee at the Capitol Building on June 25, 2020 in Washington, DC. Morgan and President Donald Trump in Yuma, Arizona recently marked the 200th mile of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, an effort to control immigration touted in the president's 2016 presidential campaign. (Photo by Alexander Drago-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 25: Former Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan. (Photo by Alexander Drago-Pool/Getty Images)

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Former Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan said Biden’s immigration overhaul “defies law and order.” In an interview Friday, Morgan blasted new rules issued to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

An ICE agent with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), watches as Guatemalan police investigate the scene after detaining a suspected human trafficker on May 29, 2019 in Guatemala City. Homeland Security agents accompanied Guatemalan police on an early morning raid, the first since Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan signed an agreement with his Guatemalan counterparts, increasing cooperation on human and drug smuggling. McAleenan is on a four-day trip to Guatemala. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

An ICE agent with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), watches as Guatemalan police investigate the scene after detaining a suspected human trafficker on May 29, 2019 in Guatemala City. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

ICE agents must now focus on arresting illegal immigrants in three categories, including those who pose a national security threat or those who have crossed the border since November 1. Agents must also get pre-approval to take action against anyone who doesn’t fit the narrow standards.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 02: U.S. President Joe Biden makes brief remarks before signing several executive orders directing immigration actions for his administration in the Oval Office at the White House on February 02, 2021 in Washington, DC. The orders will aim to reunite migrant families that were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border and authorize a wholesale review of former President Donald Trump's immigration policies. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 02: U.S. President Joe Biden makes brief remarks before signing several executive orders directing immigration actions for his administration in the Oval Office at the White House on February 02, 2021 in Washington, DC. The orders will aim to reunite migrant families that were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border and authorize a wholesale review of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

 

Under President Trump, ICE agents had broad discretion to make arrests. Morgan warned the Biden approach puts Americans in jeopardy by letting tens of thousands of illegal immigrants get away.

“If you add that up year after year after year, there could be millions of individuals that got past us,” Morgan stated. “How are you going to prove when they were here?”

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