A House report condemning DHS for its border policy quoted Wetherell’s prior ruling against DHS and its catch-and-release policy. “[T]he evidence establishes that [the Biden administration] 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 prioritizing ‘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 even initiating removal proceedings,” the report quoted him as ruling. “Although DHS says it is screening arriving aliens released on Parole+ATD to determine if they are a public safety threat, the more persuasive evidence establishes that DHS cannot reliably make that determination. Indeed, according to Defendants own witnesses, DHS has no way to determine if an alien has a criminal history in his home country unless that country reports the information to the U.S. government or the alien self-reports. Therefore, DHS is mainly only screening aliens at the border to determine if they have previously committed a crime in the United States, and because many of these aliens are coming to the United States for the first time, DHS has no idea whether they have criminal histories or not,” the report quoted him as saying. The House report summed up its view of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas this way: “The overwhelming body of evidence points to only one reasonable conclusion—Mayorkas has been derelict in his duty. Mayorkas has ignored, abused, or failed to enforce nearly a dozen laws passed by Congress. Time after time, where the law unequivocally prohibits or requires certain actions by the secretary, Mayorkas has done the exact opposite.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
A House Committee confirms what my office has been saying for years—@SecMayorkas is derelict in his duty!The committee report relies extensively on our efforts and litigation, including Judge Kent Wetherell’s “withering rebuke” in Florida v. United States: “[T]he evidence… pic.twitter.com/4i6p1MmMAx — AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody) July 20, 2023