ICE Received a Stark Warning from DHS About Coming Border Surges

Posted: Feb 24, 2021 10:15 PM
ICE Received a Stark Warning from DHS About Coming Border Surges

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The Biden administration appears to know full well that their reckless immigration policies are exactly that. According to a new report, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is issuing a stark warning to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials about future conditions along the southern border. 

The report cites an internal DHS email instructing ICE to make preparations for looming border surges of migrants in the coming months. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is reportedly scrambling to help ICE secure resources for future waves of migrants. ICE is also pursuing moving migrants further north into the interior of the United States for processing and releasing migrants into the communities. 

(Via the Washington Examiner

New Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told ICE that cost is no issue, and to cancel contracts and sign new ones without worry about the price tag, according to the email from ICE Chief of Staff Timothy Perry. Mr. Mayorkas said he is also pondering diverting money from the border wall “to backfill budgets later,” the email said.

“We need to prepare for border surges now,” Mr. Perry wrote to ICE’s top leadership, memorializing orders issued by Mr. Mayorkas. “We need to begin making changes immediately. We should privilege action over cost considerations; do what is needed, and the department will work on funding afterward.”

The tone of the Feb. 12 email contrasts with the public stance of the Biden administration, which has insisted that the borders aren’t open and people will be turned away.

“This email says they’re aware it is about to get out of control,” one former high-ranking department official told The Washington Times.


Mr. Perry, in his email, said Mr. Mayorkas is urging the immigration services to move migrants deeper into the country for processing to take pressure off the border stations.

“ICE should increase the cadence of its transport and arrange for individuals to complete their processing and ATD’ing at processing centers north of the border,” he wrote. ATD, or Alternatives to Detention, means those migrants will be released into communities with conditions like regular check-ins with officers.

Biden's amnesty and reversal of key Trump-era immigration policies are already producing an uptick of activity along the border. The Biden administration has reopened overflow capacity to accommodate for a large increase of illegal border crossings and apprehensions of unaccompanied minors. The administration has also begun allowing asylum seekers, previously forced to remain in Mexico, to begin entering the United States.