Federal immigration officials no longer will view unlawful entry into the country as the sole basis for detaining and deporting illegal immigrants, under a new Biden administration policy.
The policy will limit deportation to what immigraion officials call aggravated felons, such as violent gang members and others who commit violent crimes.
Critics of President Joe Biden’s new policy as stated by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas note that it will allow those who commit domestic violence, drunk drivers, and others convicted of crimes to stay in America—amid an ongoing border crisis.
“This is a terrible signal to send to law enforcement officers,” former acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told The Daily Signal. “To say [that] simply being here illegally is no longer a criteria for removal is to excuse knowingly breaking the law.”