DHS secretary announces end of ‘catch and release’; families will wait in Mexico

DHS secretary announces end of ‘catch and release’; families will wait in Mexico
CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan visits U.S> border, 2019. PBS News video, YouTube

[Ed. – I assume this will be challenged by lawsuit immediately.  It’s getting harder to justify compliance with adverse court rulings, however.  The courts have no basis on which to rule that illegal border crossers MUST be admitted to detention facilities. There’s no law that says that.]

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ending the policy known as “catch and release” next week, as announced by Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Monday, Sept. 23, at a Council on Foreign Relations event in Washington.

“What we’re doing with Central American families now that’s ending the catch and release process is that if they don’t have a fear or claim, they’re going to be repatriated in a streamline fashion, or if they do have a fear or claim, asked to wait under the Migrant Protection Protocols in Mexico,” he said.

“So they will not be currently held on the U.S. side of the border, even in the family residential centers, because we’re not able right now to complete an immigration proceeding, while in the 21 days we have by court order,” McAleenan added.

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