Some U.S. Border Agents Still Following Obama’s Orders

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.”

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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.”

Judd has said that U.S. Border agent managers have been waiting for specific written guidelines from the Department of Homeland Security but admits that excuse doesn’t fly because the president’s executive order is as clear as you can get.

“Anyone apprehended by border patrol agents should be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities. That agency and immigration judges are charged with deciding whether someone should be deported.”

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, was a little taken aback by the fact that the president’s executive order was still not being implemented three weeks after it was issued.

“It actually surprises me. But if that’s the case, certainly the administration is going to need to look into that if they’re going to be undermined,” she said. “That’s got to be nipped in the bud.”

Vaughan, a former U.S. Foreign Service officer, said it often takes time for new policies to be fully embraced.

“It’s not unusual for people who are in disagreement with change to dig in their heels and take a stand. I certainly saw that at the State Department, where implementation of law and policies could differ based on the views of different managers and different posts.”

Joseph Guzzardi, the spokesman for Californians for Population Stabilization, said he found it “disappointing” that some of the border agents were not implementing the proper procedures and also found it strange. “It would be surprising to me because Border Patrol has been hugely in support of Trump when he ran,” he said. “I have been down to the border and talked to Border Patrol agents and got the clear impression that they were eager to enforce immigration law.”

Brandon Judd is a bit annoyed at the whole scenario and expects a “complete change” after his conversation with Vitiello but added that the policies already should be fully implemented and “it should not have had to be me who informed him.”

H/T: LifeZette

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