Judge strikes down Biden’s ‘catch and release’ border policy

A federal judge decided in favour of Florida and invalidated the Biden administration’s use of parole to release large numbers of illegal immigrants who are apprehended trying to cross the border.

The Biden administration was prohibited by Judge T. Kent Wetherell II of the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida from utilising humanitarian parole and “alternatives to imprisonment” to release migrants in large numbers; this practise is known as “catch and release.”

Wetherell, a Trump appointment, attacked the Biden administration in his harsh ruling in support of Republican Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s challenge to the practise, contending that the southern border has merely become a “speedbump” for people crossing the border illegally.

The proof “shows 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 prioritising ‘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

Detaining individuals while their immigration cases are being resolved is not inherently cruel or harsh, he continued.

Since 2021, the Biden administration has ostensibly used the “Parole + ATD” approach to reduce detention centre overcrowding.

The Department of Homeland Security has employed parole + ATD as an alternative to holding immigrants in detention and releasing them with Notices to Appear that establish a court date, a procedure that keeps immigrants in prison for a lot longer.

Under Parole + ATD, immigrants are instructed to check in with immigration authorities when they arrive in the US and are given ankle bands or are subject to phone monitoring.

The order is postponed for seven days by Wetherell’s decision to allow for an appeal.

President Biden is to blame for the border crisis, and his illegal immigration policies make this country less safe, Moody said in a statement following the verdict.

The attorney general of the Sunshine State said, “A federal judge is Presently ordering Biden to follow the law, and his administration should immediately start protecting the border to protect the American people.

As his administration struggles to deal with the impending end of Title 42, a Trump-era programme that permitted authorities to swiftly deport migrants apprehended crossing the border, President Biden is reportedly considering bringing back the contentious practise of detaining migrant families who cross the border illegally.