Not only is President Trump facing resistance and backstabbing at the White House, but now some U.S. Border Patrol agents are going rogue when it comes to enforcing immigration orders.
According to a union official, there are border agents still following the previous Obama administration’s “catch-and-release” mandate instead of enforcing Trump’s executive order.
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told LifeZette he had to go to the U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello with this information and is certain the issue will soon be corrected.
Judd said, “As recently as Thursday, some border patrol stations were still releasing border-jumpers, often without even issuing notices to appear in immigration court hearings.”
Obama’s policy was always to release anyone claiming to have been living continuously in the United States since before Jan. 1, 2014, as long as he or she did not have criminal records or active warrants.
“We’re still walking people out the door,” Judd said. “The catch-and-release policy is still in place in some sectors.”
Judd did say that only a small number of sectors have been resisting Trump’s new directives and blamed U.S. Border Patrol managers, not front-line officers.
“This is not the administration’s fault. This is border patrol’s fault,” he said. “It varies from sector to sector. Some sectors still are operating under the Obama administration’s policies. And that’s troubling … It’s just been very willy-nilly.”
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