Republicans Issue Plan to Make Deporting Illegal Aliens Easier Under Future Trump Administration

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Colombian citizens board a chartered flight as they are deported in Albrook Gelabert airport in Panama City May 17 2024. Panama deported on May 17, 30 Colombian citizens, which according to Panama's Migration Director Samira Gozaine, have criminal records and entered Panama by crossing the inhospitable Darien jungle like thousands of other migrants heading to the United States. (Photo by Ivan PISARENKO / AFP)

Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) are introducing legislation to force President Joe Biden to use all available detention space for migrants arriving at the United States-Mexico border while streamlining a federal program to make it easier to deport illegal aliens.

The “Reshape Alternatives to Detention (ATD) Act” would prevent Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from transforming the enforcement program, meant to monitor migrants in the U.S. who are in immigration court proceedings, into a taxpayer-funded social services program.

The legislation would require DHS to use all available detention space to detain migrants arriving at the southern border.

Reshape ATD Act by John Binder

Once all available detention space is utilized, the legislation requires DHS to place migrants into the ATD program with GPS monitoring rather than the current policy where most migrants are allowed to live within the U.S. without any monitoring.

Those migrants would be GPS-monitored by DHS for the entirety of their immigration court proceedings.

“The Biden Administration has allowed a tidal wave of illegal aliens to come across our southern border, which has created an unprecedented national security and humanitarian crisis,” Hagerty said in a statement:

Currently, fewer than 195,000 migrants are enrolled in the ATD program — making up a fraction of the more than 6.2 million migrants who are in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) “non-detained docket,” which allows them to live freely in the U.S. while in immigration court proceedings.

By October, experts project that those migrants living in the U.S. on ICE’s non-detained docket will hit more than 8 million, an unprecedented level. For comparison, in 2019, just three million migrants were on ICE’s non-detained docket.

The GPS monitoring requirement for the millions of migrants on ICE’s non-detained docket would ensure that a future administration, with a focus on removals, can more easily track down, detain, and deport illegal aliens who are found to have invalid claims for asylum and thus have no basis to remain in the U.S.

The bill requires DHS to notify local law enforcement of those migrants who abscond from ATD, while migrants seeking to resettle in a sanctuary jurisdiction would not be eligible to enroll in ATD. Migrants being GPS-monitored would have to check in with DHS or face expedited deportation.

“Joe Biden purposely and systematically broke our immigration system by executive action,” Donalds said in a statement:

TOPSHOT – Guatemalan migrants deported from the United States walk on the tarmac after landing at the Air Force Base in Guatemala City in the first flight of deportees of the year on January 3, 2024. The US deported 55.000 Guatemalans between January and December 2023, a record that exceeds that of 2019, of 54,500, according to records of the General Directorate of Migration of Guatemala. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Guatemalan migrants deported from the United States walk on the tarmac after landing at the Air Force Base in Guatemala City in the first flight of deportees of the year on January 3, 2024. (JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

In addition, the legislation would terminate the Biden administration’s Case Management Pilot Program (CMPP) and the Young Adult Case Management Program (YACMP) which offer taxpayer-funded social services to migrants in immigration court proceedings.

Instead, funding meant for CMPP and YACMP would be transferred to add more detention space for migrants arriving at the border. Those migrants enrolled in both programs would automatically be placed in DHS detention.

The National Immigration Center for Enforcement (NICE), headed by RJ Hauman, is lobbying lawmakers to get behind the Reshape ATD Act. Hauman wrote to lawmakers:

Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan’s op-ed in Breitbart News last year highlighted the need for such a policy:

Those co-sponsoring the bill are Reps. Barry Moore (R-AL), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Jay Obernolte (R-CA), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Mary Miller (R-IL), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Nancy Mace (R-SC), William Timmons (R-SC), Wesley Hunt (R-TX), August Pfluger (R-TX), Troy Nehls (R-TX), and Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL), JD Vance (R-OH), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Steve Daines (R-MT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Ted Cruz (R-TX).

While campaigning for president, former President Donald Trump is vowing to implement “the largest domestic deportation operation in American history” — a policy that is supported by 51 percent of Americans, including 68 percent of Republicans, 46 percent of swing voters, and 42 percent of Democrats.

On Biden’s watch, DHS has been deporting just one illegal alien from the U.S. interior for every roughly 70 migrants arriving at the border. Meanwhile, DHS data suggests that migrants arriving at the border have a 70 to 90 percent chance of being released into the U.S. interior.

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