Trump Takes Step towards Ending 'Catch and Release' Immigration Policy

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Trump Takes Step towards Ending 'Catch and Release' Immigration Policy


Correll, Diana Stancy, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


President Trump signed a memorandum on Friday seeking to take steps towards ending the “catch and release” immigration policy, a term that generally refers to the release of illegal immigrants as they wait for an immigration hearing.

“Today, President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum to take important steps to end ‘catch and release,’ the dangerous practice whereby aliens who have violated our Nation’s immigration laws are released into the United States shortly after their apprehension,” the Office of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “The safety and security of the American people is the President’s highest priority, and he will keep his promise to protect our country and to ensure that our laws are respected.”

“At the same time, the President continues to call on congressional Democrats to cease their staunch opposition to border security and to stop blocking measures that are vital to the safety and security of the United States,” the statement continued.

The memorandum comes days after Trump condemned “catch and release” policies.

“Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release,” Trump tweeted earlier this month. “Getting more dangerous. ‘Caravans’ coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!”

Children and asylum-seekers are primarily the only immigrants who qualify for this type of release, although they are other cases where the practice may apply.

Although Trump has blamed Democrats for the practice, “catch and release” first started during the George W. Bush's administration after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not have capacity to hold all undocumented immigrants in custody. …

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