Homeland Security has no idea what happens to migrants post-custody

by Renata

Renata Kiss, FISM News


This week, shortly after the impeachment of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, a chain of uncovered emails revealed that the Department of Homeland Security has not been tracking illegal immigrants after their release from federal custody.

In an off-the-record email conversation with a Washington Post reporter, a DHS official admitted he did not know how many migrants went to Northern states through the busing program because they were no longer in custody, according to Just the News. 

The official went on to say that it seemed like the migrants were using the program to hitch a free ride to wherever it was convenient for them.

“[A]necdotally including what I hear from other reporters, it does appear that word is spreading and they are looking for those buses for the free transportation. I’ve also heard many people are getting off along the way, so they’re using the buses for as long as it is convenient, but again, because they are out of our custody by then, it is hard for us to be able to answer that,” wrote the official.

Michael Chamberlain, the director of the Watchdog Group Protect the Public’s Trust, said the emails were “fresh proof” that the Homeland officials were aware of the consequences of their border policies, and that “they fail to perform even the most basic of functions.” 

He added that the Biden administration failed to keep their promises regarding border security.

“The Biden Administration came into office promising a return to normalcy, unprecedented transparency, and respect for the rule of law. These documents provide further evidence that, when it comes to our borders, they are 0-for-3,” Chamberlain said. 

Border patrol agent Brandon Judd told Just the News on Wednesday that he has been warning for years that the Biden administration’s catch-and-release policies posed a grave danger to the country.

This comes as Secretary Mayorkas was impeached based on Articles 1 and 2 of the Constitution. House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green, MD, (R-Tenn.) laid out the charges against Mayorkas.

“The House Committee on Homeland Security’s investigation and subsequent impeachment proceedings demonstrated beyond any doubt that Secretary Mayorkas has willfully and systemically refused to comply with the laws of the United States and breached the public trust. As a result, our country has suffered from an unprecedented border crisis that has turned every state into a border state, causing untold suffering in communities across our country,” said Green. 

Meanwhile, President Biden reportedly yelled at his team over the border crisis just this past month.

Biden allegedly “exploded with fury” aboard Air Force One on his way to the Southern border as he demanded immigration data points from his staff who, apparently, did not have the information ready. The president reprimanded then-Deputy Chief of Staff Jen O’Malley Dillon, Homeland Security adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall and other immigration officials, per an Axios report. 

Three insiders told the news outlet that Biden’s reaction was the outcome of the administration’s “infighting, blame-shifting and indecision” regarding the border in the past three years. However, some argue that the root causes of the current crisis–sudden global events that forced millions to migrate to the U.S. and decades of congressional inaction–were not under the control of the Biden administration. 

Nonetheless, the border crisis remains a top concern for voters. A recent Gallup poll showed that 63% of Americans were dissatisfied with immigration, while only 28% were satisfied. A sharp increase in dissatisfaction happened over the last two years which Gallup attributed to the situation at the Southern border. 

The poll noted, however, that Republican criticism far outweighs Democrat concerns when it comes to current immigration levels. 

“Americans across the political spectrum have grown less content with the level of U.S. immigration in recent years. Still, the issue remains highly partisan, with the vast majority of Republicans concerned that there is too much immigration, compared with a modest proportion of independents and a relatively small proportion of Democrats,” Gallup wrote.