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DHS purposely not reporting how many illegal border crossers are released into the country, former immigration judge claims
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DHS purposely not reporting how many illegal border crossers are released into the country, former immigration judge claims

Former immigration Judge Andrew Arthur said that the Department of Homeland Security is deliberately not disclosing the number of illegal immigrants who are released into the United States each month.

Arthur served for eight years as an immigration judge in York, Pennsylvania, and reportedly told Just the News that the DHS prefers not to make public the data about migrants released after encounters. The purpose for not releasing the numbers is simply political, he claimed, as it would reflect poorly upon the Biden administration.

Arthur said the data should be publicly available the same way that encounters at the borders are reported by Customs and Border Protection.

"The only reason why ICE and OFO [Office of Field Operations] would refuse to disclose that information is to hide the fact that it is releasing more than 100,000 aliens per month into the United States and to conceal the effects of those migrant releases on communities across the United States," Arthur said.

According to the former judge, the disclosures are entirely possible. He cited a previous case, Texas v. Biden, in which the DHS demonstrated that it "can provide the American people with statistics on the tens of thousands of illegal entrants that CBP encounters at the southwest border whom DHS releases."

Authorities have "refused to do so since those orders were vacated in August 2022," Arthur claimed.

It's also impossible that the CBP Office of Field Operations statistics show a monthly reading of "0" for those who are released or "alternatively detained," the former judge said.

The OFO "publishes statistics on the number of aliens its officers encounter at the ports monthly who are placed into removal proceedings with the filing of a 'Notice to Appear' (NTA), but separate monthly disclosure lines on the number of those aliens who are released or alternatively are detained are blank — reading '0' across the months," he explained.

"That is a legal and factual impossibility, because those aliens are either released or detained — there is no third option."

A Republican from California, Darrell Issa, agreed with the sentiment and said that it's "obvious why the Biden Admin does everything it can to minimize transparency."

The member of the House Judiciary Committee also said that the numbers should be reported to Congress every single day.

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