When President Joe Biden was campaigning for the presidency, he promised that he would swiftly reverse the Trump administration’s border policies.

Then he walked back that promise at a press conference a month before beginning his presidency. He told the reporters that he would establish a more humane policy at the border, but that his administration would need "probably the next six months" to prepare for the transition.

Terminating Trump’s border security and interior enforcement measures without the necessary preparations, he said, could lead to having "2 million people on our border."

But he did it anyway. On Day One of his presidency, he rescinded the so-called Muslim travel ban; revoked Trump’s enforcement priorities; terminated border wall construction; and suspended enrollments in the Remain in Mexico Program.

Catch and release

Then his administration resumed the catch-and-release practice that Trump had ended whereby illegal border crossers are apprehended and then released into the United States.

The Border Patrol apprehended nearly 6 million illegal crossers from the beginning of the Biden presidency on January 20, 2021, through September 30, 2023, and released more than 3.3 million of them into the country. Approximately, 99.7% are still here. It currently is releasing more than 85% of the illegal crossers it apprehends.

The release figures would have been higher if the administration had not turned people away more than 2.3 million times pursuant to Title 42, which required border officials to expel illegal crossers to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The administration also has taken steps to ensure that the illegal crossers it admits will be able to stay in the United States. It replaced the removal provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act with its own guidelines which shield illegal crossers from being put in removal proceedings once they have reached the interior of the country.

According to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, "The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen therefore should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them." He has limited enforcement measures to deportable migrants who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.

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Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years. He subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. Follow him at: https://nolanhillop-eds.blogspot.com