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Former judge says he cannot confirm Biden admin deported any illegal migrants he placed under removal orders

A former immigration judge said Thursday that he cannot confirm whether the Biden administration has actually expelled undocumented immigrants placed under removal orders. Daily Caller News Foundation report.

Matthew O’Brien In 2020, he was appointed by the Trump administration as an immigration judge in Arlington, Virginia. He is the former director of research at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating illegal immigration and securing our borders. O’Brien was one of several judges appointed by President Trump to be removed by the Biden administration in 2022.

On Thursday, O’Brien told the House Homeland Security, Borders, and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee that he could not confirm whether the illegal immigrants he ordered removed from the United States were subsequently deported by the Biden administration. federal employees.

“I always wonder what happens when people come here illegally and commit crimes,” said Republican Rep. Glenn Grossman of Wisconsin.

Grossman asked O’Brien to compare the Biden administration to the previous administration in its response to illegal immigrants who have committed crimes.

“What happens to you if you commit a crime? How does it compare to if you committed that crime six years ago?” Grossman asked.

O’Brien explained that illegal immigrants who commit “any of a variety of crimes” are placed in deportation proceedings and are required to attend a hearing.

“Unfortunately, over time, you think that hearings are similar to criminal proceedings, but they are not. They are very similar to driver’s license revocation proceedings,” O’Brien noted. “A crime stands on its own.”

O’Brien said suspects who committed crimes ranging from “shoplifting to murder” could be deported. As a result, the suspect receives a summons to appear. Those accused of committing “certain low-level crimes” can apply for expungement relief.

“You’ll be ordered to show cause. Essentially, show cause why you shouldn’t be removed from the United States,” he continued. “Everything that falls under the following categories” [Immigration and Nationality Act] If a person commits an aggravated felony, he or she will be deported from the United States and prohibited from returning to the United States for a certain period of time. ”

O’Brien argued that the strictness of enforcement of these rules has “changed a lot” under the Biden administration.

“Under this administration, there appears to be a significant decline in the appetite for using administrative procedures and expedited removal procedures,” O’Brien said.

As an example, he explained that illegal immigrants who return to the United States after committing a crime and being deported can be deported again without the need for a hearing.

“I also noticed that when I was an immigration judge, I later tried to find out how many of the people I ordered deported were actually deported from the United States. “Under the previous administration, it was easy,” O’Brien continued. “However, I have not been able to establish that a single individual for whom I issued a removal order was in fact removed by this administration.”

“It’s shocking,” Grossman responded.

O’Brien also noted that the Trump administration has made a concerted effort to prioritize the deportation of illegal immigrants who have committed violent crimes.

“If the country of citizenship does not want to issue a travel document or for some reason does not want the person removed, it may not be possible to remove the person easily,” Brien added.

“But the effort was done regardless,” he said, referring to the Trump administration’s efforts. “And for the most part, it was successful.”

“I don’t see that effort being made under this administration,” O’Brien said of the Biden administration.

In the first four months of fiscal year 2024, Meeting 960,000 immigrants At the southern border. The number of encounters with migrants reached more than 673,000 in the same period in 2022 and more than 876,000 in 2023.

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