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House GOP probes historically low ICE arrests after Biden policy changes

Added 01-12-22 12:03:01pm EST - “Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are probing the "historically low" rate of arrests of illegal immigrants by ICE, saying it appears the Biden administration, unwilling to abolish ICE outright, is instead paring down the…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “EXCLUSIVE: House GOP probes historically low ICE arrests after Biden policy changes”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are probing the “historically low” rate of arrests of illegal immigrants by ICE, saying it appears the Biden administration, unwilling to abolish ICE outright, is instead paring down the agency through policy memos.

Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Michael McCloud of Texas, the top Republican on the economic and consumer policy subcommittee, fired off a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement demanding data on why the agency, which has not lost any funding, is arresting and deporting people at a much slower pace than in the past.

In the letter, obtained first by The Washington Times, they tied the decrease to new policies implemented by the Biden team in February and renewed in September that limit the ability of ICE officers to go after illegal immigrants except in the most serious criminal cases, national security threats or recent border crossers.

“As radical, left-wing activists recklessly call to abolish ICE, it appears the Biden Administration is abolishing its mission by memorandum,” the lawmakers wrote in their letter, joined by the other Republicans on the House Oversight Committee.

Mr. Comer and Mr. Cloud asked acting ICE Director Tae Johnson to turn over records on enforcement during President Biden’s tenure, broken down by types of crimes. They also requested the documentary trail that led up to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ key changes this fall.

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