Open Borders Lobby Urges Joe Biden to Consider Freeing Nearly Every Illegal Alien in ICE Custody

FLORENCE, AZ - FEBRUARY 28: Immigration detainees stand behind bars at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detention facility on February 28, 2013 in Florence, Arizona. With the possibility of federal budget sequestration, ICE released 303 immigration detainees in the last week from detention centers through outArizona. More than 2,000 …
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The open borders lobby is urging President Joe Biden’s administration to consider releasing nearly every illegal alien in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody.

A group of 120 open borders organizations — including the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Catholic Migration Services, Center for American Progress, and United We Dream — are asking Biden’s administration to implement an ICE review process that would “reconsider the custody determination for every person currently” in the agency’s custody.

There are currently more than 14,000 detainees in ICE custody.

“We are heartened by the early steps the Biden-Harris Administration has taken to reorient the U.S. immigration system toward a framework that embraces human rights and compassion,” the letter states:

However, we are concerned that these policies have not yet been implemented in a meaningful or systemic way with regard to the approximately 14,000 people in ICE detention. Leaving behind the thousands who continue to suffer in detention will undermine efforts by your agencies to rebuild trust with communities and is at odds with President Biden’s stated commitment to racial equity and human rights. [Emphasis added]

The full letter can be read here:

Coalition Letter Calling fo… by John Binder

Specifically, the open borders organizations are asking the Biden administration to “implement a file review process for every person in ICE custody, operating under a presumption of release for everyone.”

They also urge the administration to release all ICE detainees “who fall outside the interim enforcement priorities outlined” by Biden’s order issued on January 20, which has effectively halted interior immigration enforcement.

“Prioritize the release of individuals who face a heightened risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19 due to age or a preexisting condition as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, transgender people, HIV+ people, and all families and children,” they tell administration officials.

The request comes as reports indicate that Biden is considering abolishing most ICE detention by cutting off the privately managed facilities, which hold detainees for the federal government until they are deported to their native countries.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at Follow him on Twitter here


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