Rep. Gosar decries launch of ‘hoards of contaminated aliens’ | Information
Rep. Paul Gosar this week urged the Yuma County Sheriff to round up and detain all illegal aliens released from ICE detention centers in Yuma to help prevent the spread of COVID in the US
He claimed that Jonathan Lines, head of Yuma County, told him that ICE was releasing 50 people from the Yuma detention center every day.
Gosar described the releases as “super-spreader” events. “It is more than ruthless for the Border Patrol to take these measures,” said Gosar in a letter to Sheriff Leon Wilmot of Yuma County and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.
He said the federal government has released “hordes of infected aliens” into the state.
The Yuma ICE office confirmed that due to the crowd in the detention center, some illegal immigrants had to be released pending their immigration hearing. The released ones are screened. The releases are intended in part to prevent the spread of infections in the overcrowded prisons.
The number of border arrests rose to 78,000 in January along the Mexican border, including 6,000 unaccompanied children, 7,500 families and 65,000 single adults.
“CBP has seen a steady increase in border crossings since April 2020,” spokesman Macario Mora wrote in an email. After years of practice, when long-term solutions to holding are not possible, some migrants are processed for deportation, posted a notice and released to the US to await a future immigration hearing. As the government reviews the current immigration process and weighs it against the ongoing pandemic, we will continue to employ all current authorities to avoid individuals staying in a community for long periods of time. “
Mora said he could not release details such as the number of people released or whether they were screened for COVID or criminal background before their release.
He added: “As always, individuals detained and processed under Title 8 will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to consider re-custody pending an immigration hearing. COVID-19 protocols, changes in Mexican law, and limited U.S. holding capacity have forced us to adapt.
“CBP takes the safety and wellbeing of its employees and those they encounter very seriously, and we are taking even more precautions due to COVID-19. As always, the number of people crossing the line continues to fluctuate and we adjust accordingly. For the released migrants, CBP can work with non-governmental organizations to help them keep them. “
The federal government has come under fire for separating children from their parents at the border and holding thousands of people in crowded detention centers for months, where thousands have been infected with COVID-19. Some have died, although the number is not public. In the fiscal year ending September 30, 21 immigrants died in ICE custody – the highest number since 2005.
Mexico has announced that it will no longer accept custody of people who have been “expelled” from the US until they are given hearings after seeking asylum at the US border.
The Biden administration has placed a 100-day hiatus on the deportation of people illegally residing in the US and has set up a new priority system for those subject to deportation. Those in the US who pose a public safety or health risk continue to be promptly deported or prosecuted.
Social media rumors wrongly suggest that the Biden administration ordered the mass release of people in ICE custody. The average daily number of people in ICE custody rose from around 7,000 in 1994 to 50,000 in 2019 after the administration largely stopped the practice of processing people at the border and released them to go on formal immigration or immigration Waiting for asylum hearing. The system processes around 500,000 people annually.
Gosar suggested that the release of people from the overcrowded ICE detention center in Yuma posed an imminent threat to the public.
“Where these illegal aliens are going after their ‘release’ is unclear,” Gosar said in the letter. “If we are serious about the state and county efforts to contain the pandemic, the daily release of 50 potentially positive cases in Arizona is a public health threat and an emergency. I am asking Sheriff Wilmot to intercept these aliens.” and held in prison until they can be tested, quarantined, and then returned to their home countries. The general population of Arizona should not be exposed to this mass event that is spreading infected aliens across the state, ”he wrote.
Federal courts have so far restricted the ability of local law enforcement agencies to enforce immigration laws. The police can arrest people who commit other crimes but must order ICE to deport or detain people if their only violation concerns immigration law.
Gosar noted, “I voted for trillions of dollars in aid to COVID-19” and that the money should be used to stop border police from “releasing hordes of infected aliens into our land”.
Gosar voted for the first COVID relief bill of $ 1.9 trillion in the spring, but against subsequent relief measures.