Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) on Wednesday released vital immigration-related documents that explain how the federal government is responding to the crisis at the southern border. According to Brnovich, arrest records indicate the federal government is failing to utilize Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) despite the surge at the border.
ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) ran historical data to determine how the Biden administration’s interim guidance, which halted deportations for the first 100 days of the new administration, would have on arrests. That guidance is allegedly responsible for cutting apprehensions in half.
“Rough estimate is book-ins would be reduced by 50% of historical numbers and the vast majority of book-ins would come from CBP transfers,” ERO’s Acting Executive Associate Director Enrique Lucero said in an internal email. “A book-in is defined as an individual entering ice custody from a single event (arrest by CBP or ICE).”