ICE Considers Mass Illegal Immigrant Release Over Failed Border Compromise

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is making plans to release thousands of illegal immigrants and cut back its capacity to detain illegal immigrants who break the law after a $6 billion budget allocation recently failed in the Senate along with the rest of the leadership’s border deal, as illegal border crossers pour in at record levels and strain resources in sanctuary cities.

The U.S. Senate’s so-called “bipartisan” border bill — representing Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) solutions to address the record-setting illegal immigration across the border with Mexico in the fourth year of the Biden administration — failed to get enough support in the upper chamber of Congress for the Senate to take it up for a vote.

The border bill would have appropriated $6 billion in supplemental funding to support ICE enforcement operations. The budget inflow would have erased a $700 million budget shortfall for ICE. According to four officials from ICE and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ICE is now planning to release thousands of illegal immigrant detainees and cut back its capacity.

The U.S. border with Mexico marked a record-high number of illegal border crossings in December, with several days seeing more than 10,000 daily arrests by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

“It’s an unsustainable number of arrivals,” said Theresa Cardinal Brown, a former U.S. immigration official during the Bush and Obama administrations. “We can’t keep funding the system for more and more people. It’s challenging at every level.”

“Encounter numbers continue to fluctuate, as smugglers and bad actors continue to spread falsehoods and show complete disregard for the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable migrants,” CBP said in a statement. “We remain vigilant and stand ready to ensure the safety of our personnel, migrants, and local communities, and the security of our southwest border.”

Texas continues to send illegal immigrants on buses and by airplane to sanctuary cities governed by mostly Democrat officials. According to the New York Post, the Lone Star State has sent 102,000 illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities since 2022. Frustrated mayors are struggling to keep up with the inflow of new immigrants and waiting on Washington to secure the border.