ICE chief: It will take 140 years to clear ‘backlog’ of illegal immigrants after US-Mexico border surge

By Morgan Phillips | Fox News

ICE’s chief said Wednesday that it would take 140 years to remove all of the illegal immigrants who came into the country during the border surge of the past two years at current deportation rates.

Matt Albence, acting director of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, said the border surge of the past two years had added 900,000 non-detained cases to ICE’s docket, bringing the total to 3.3 million.

“As numbers continue to climb, they will continue to outpace ICE’s inabilities to swiftly remove individuals,” Albence said. He said that ICE had arrested 2,500 noncriminal fugitives, or aliens who fail to leave the country after an order of removal. “If we do that, based on just the numbers that came in the last two years, it would take us about 140 years to clear up that backlog.”

Albence was making the case for a vastly increased budget for his office in fiscal year 2021.


ICE’s proposed budget for FY 2021 included $10.4 billion in discretionary spending and asked for the number of beds in detention facilities to be increased to 60,000, about 15,000 more than Congress approved for this fiscal year. Albence noted that ICE only detains about 1.5 percent of illegal immigrants.

“Without additional resources to actually effectuate a judge’s removal orders, we will have an immigration enforcement and court system in which billions of dollars a year are spent to obtain orders, that are not worth the paper they are written on,” Albence told the House Appropriations Committee.

In addition to more beds, the ICE budget asked for greater funding to adjudicate asylum claims and hire attorneys to work on behalf of the government in appeals cases.

Albence said “there is no disincentive” for immigrants whose removal has been ordered to continue to file motions of appeal through the various appellate options.

“These individuals have the right to due process,” said Albence. “But the vast majority of individuals do not have claims which meet asylum.” He said that currently, asylum claims have a grant rate of about 10 percent.


“So this is not about asylum, this is about the release. Most of these individuals want to come here because they know regardless if the get a removal order, regardless if they show up to court, if they don’t have a detention bed at the time the removal order is issued, the likelihood of them actually being removed from the country is nill.”

Both Republicans and Democrats questioned the need for a spending hike.

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D.-Calif., asked how many migrants who have no criminal history were being detained in facilities. “I would hope your priority would be the bad guys, there are a lot of bad guys.”

Albence said that last year ICE’s Enforcement and Removal officers arrested 143,000 aliens, 123,000 of which had been criminally convicted or had pending criminal charges, including 1,900 homicides, 5,000 sexual assaults, 1800 kidnappings, 45,000 assaults, 67,000 drug charges and 74,000 DUIs.

“123,000 accounted for almost half a million crimes,” the chief officer added. “That’s almost four criminal offenses for each person we put in custody.”

Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, said she’d just come back from her sixth trip to the border.

“It looks so much better. I came out feeling optimistic. This report is not optimistic,” said the congresswoman. She cited recent actions with other countries, such as the “Remain in Mexico” policy or the “Safe Third Country” policy, which requires migrants to wait in other nations while their asylum claims are processed, as a means of stemming the flow of migrants who actually make it through the southern border.

Sign Petition: Join the HSUS to help put a stop to Petland’s lies!k

by: Humane Society of the United States
recipient: Kentucky and Ohio state officials

The Humane Society of the United States’ new undercover investigation of a Petland store in Florence, KY found puppies with parasites and bacterial infections such as campylobacter — which can spread to humans.

In 2019 alone, at least six human cases of campylobacter have been directly tied to the Florence store. In recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked more than 118 cases of human campylobacter bacterial infections to contact with Petland puppies.

Yet Petland was downplaying risks and sometimes failing to have sick puppies tested for the disease. A manager specifically told our undercover buyer when she purchased a puppy, “it’s not campylobacter,” when the puppy did, in fact, test positive for campylobacter and also giardia that same day. The manager also claimed that the puppy had been given a stool test, but provided no record of such a test.

Our investigation found Petland was covering up disease outbreaks, including distemper and parvovirus, and hiding them from the public.

Add your signature and mobile number today to join the HSUS to demand Kentucky and Ohio state officials put a stop to Petland’s unacceptable treatment of sick, helpless puppies.

Subject: Tell Petland to stop selling sick puppies!

Dear State Official,

The Humane Society of the United States’ new undercover investigation of a Petland corporate store in Florence, KY found puppies with parasites and bacterial infections such as campylobacter, which can spread to humans.

In recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked more than 118 cases of human campylobacter bacterial infections to contact with Petland puppies, which resulted in a number of people being hospitalized. There have been countless incidents all over the country that can be linked to Petland and it seems that they aren’t taking all necessary steps to ensure the animals’ welfare or public safety.

The investigation found Petland was covering up disease outbreaks and hiding them from the public. Petland has been misleading customers and selling sick puppies in order to make a profit. Petland continues to ignore animal welfare and public safety issues for the sake of making sales.

Thank you,

Sign Petition: Cruel Foothold Traps Grab On to Their Prey And Leave Them to Suffer Until They Finally Die


When the New York Department of Environmental Conservation learned that one trapper had bagged a whopping seven bobcats this trapping season, they were shocked. The annual average of a successful trapper is just 1.5 bobcats per year, and this one man had beaten that average nearly five times over.

But while the Catskills-area man may have been proud of his haul, we are markedly less enthusiastic.

It is time to ban inhumane foothold and body-gripping traps in New York State.

Last trapping season, at least 145 bobcats were taken from the wild. One of the principle means of catching these beautiful big cats is by using foothold traps – cruel contraptions that snaps shut on the body of an animal when it is triggered. These atrocities catch indiscriminately, meaning they often ensnare non-target animals or even pets. No matter what animal becomes trapped, they suffer for hours or even days before they expire. Those that don’t have been known to chew off their own appendages, left maimed and vulnerable.

Those unlucky enough to remain trapped and alive are killed and skinned. Their fur is used as lining for a coat, a decorative rug, or some other macabre decoration.

What’s worse is that New York law only requires that these traps be checked every 24 to 48 hours. That means that a caught animal could suffer for up to two days before it is finally, mercilessly killed.

Since the early ’90s, other states have taken aim at trapping altogether but specifically foothold traps – Arizona banned them in ’94, Colorado did so in ’97, followed by California in ’98.

Allowing these types of inhumane traps is an ugly contradiction to New York’s otherwise progressive values. It’s time NY step up and join states like California and Arizona and end foothold trapping today.

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