Obama reinstates ‘catch-and-release’ policy for illegal immigrants

by Stephen Dinan  |  published on February 5, 2016

The Obama administration has revived the maligned illegal immigrant “catch-and-release” policy of the Bush years, ordering Border Patrol agents not to even bother arresting and deporting many new illegal immigrants, the head of the agents’ labor union told Congress on Thursday.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said Homeland Security was embarrassed by the number of illegal immigrants not showing up for their deportation hearings, but instead of cracking down on the immigrants, the department ordered agents not to arrest them in the first place — meaning they no longer need to show up in court in the first place.

Mr. Judd said the releases are part of President Obama’s “priorities” program, which says he’s only worried about illegal immigrants who came across after Jan. 1, 2014. Mr. Judd said illegal immigrants without serious criminal convictions on their record only have to claim they came before 2014 — without even needing to show proof — in order to be released without ever being arrested.

“Immigration laws today appear to be mere suggestions,” Mr. Judd testified to the House Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee. “That fact is well known in other countries.”

Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, did not have an immediate comment on Mr. Judd’s testimony. The White House also declined to comment, with spokesman Josh Earnest saying he hadn’t seen the testimony.

  • kbfallon

    One can only hope that KARMA will pay Obanana back for ruining our country and cultures that he hates along with the scumbags he associates with.

  • Eddie

    It’s all about VOTES. The more ILLEGALS and potential TERRORISTS in the U.S. means more votes for TRAITOR Obama’s corrupt political party.

  • false, bush ended catch and release. it must have been clinton’s policy.

  • Patriot068

    Catch n Release?? This isn’t GD fishing!! WTF!! Obama has his head stuck up his ASS!! This all has to do with the 2016 elections!! Because though these illegals aren’t supposed to be able to vote! Their numbers in states with electoral votes will give certain states MORE ELECTORAL VOTES because of the POPULATION!! Hence why these ILLEGALS are being sent to states which are inherently Blue so they get more electoral votes!! I for one believe we should scrap the electoral voting system and go back to the POPULAR VOTE!! where every ballot is counted for a certain individual instead of the electoral process where the population is high even illegal immigrants who can’t vote are included in this!!
    If CA goes Demorat because of its high electoral votes ( said more are going to be added because of the influx of illegals now) it wipes out ALL THE NE STATES EVEN IF EVERYONE OF THEM VOTE RED!!
    Yeah this is sneakily rigging the election!! WTF do you think the borders are WIDE OPEN FOR AND HAVE BEEN??
    keep safe! ,stay armed and hide your weapons because if Hillary ( the crook is elected or the socialist, Sanders you can kiss the 2nd AMMD away and most of the constitution!!! If I were you ide join the military if your a patrit because we’re gonna need people on the inside to help out the 3%

  • robert sanders

    texas needs to rise up and put a stop to this invasion. if our governor has any balls he will put a stop to it using the people of this great state.

  • AKLady2015

    How do you suggest the government impliment security. Our southern border is only a very small part of the problems —

    Canada – US border 1,538 miles
    Canada – Alaska border 3,987 miles
    Mexico – US border 1,933 miles
    US Coastline 95,471 miles
    Alaska Coastline 6,640 miles

    Total exposure 109, 569 miles

    • kbfallon

      don’t you worry–we will get it done.

  • TJ

    And send Hillary to prison for her crimes too!!!

  • TJ

    Do we have a bunch of wimps up there or what? This President has done as much as he could to hurt this country in one way or another.Actions speak louder than words! I am sick of seeing our constitution being trampled on , our laws not being followed, our citizens losing their rights. People have bleed and die for this country. What the hell is wrong with People where is the boldness. Impeach him!!!

  • Albert L Biele

    The unqualified president, who hates this country, continues to make decisions as if he were still a neighborhood organizer!!! He is the king of deception, master of dissension, and organizer of a caliphate, right here in the USA; bringing Muslims into the country, and placing them in states throughout the country. He gives billions to Islamic nations, craps on Israel, gives Iran the bomb, and has deviously denigrated the Christianity this country was foundered on. When is the house and the senators going to stop this tyrant from totally destroying America!!!!!






    America needs to reinstate HANGING FOR TREASON

  • cowboy

    Then why even have the agents on the border to begin with? Catch and release? An ‘ arrest and return’ policy is what’s really needed.

  • Thomas Goss

    I want to know why this ILLEGAL LYING MUSLIM HALF BREED ASSHOLE SON OF A BITCH Obama is still alive. He and EVERY head of EVERY government agency should be hung by the neck until DEAD. NONE of them are doing their jobs. Every day I hope and pray that, that asshole Obama is dead.

  • Irvan

    That black bastard should have been JAILED LONG AGO for all of the ILLEGAL CRAP he has pulled. Our congress sits on their hands and won’t do their job and get rid of the bastard.

  • johnm


  • Seedman

    Skunk Hussein Obama is a godless man who is not doing his job in enforcing the law. The wicked will fall by his own wickedness.

  • pete G

    From the working people in America=Obama you’re a POS.

  • James1vc

    Not to worry , it’s just part of Barak Hussein’s plan to destroy OUR country. Never fear , we know now that we cannot trust or depend on the Administration to protect our interests , in other words , we are on our own , boys and girls , we are on our own…….

  • solog

    Crazy….I don’t see how he get’s away with things like that….doesn’t people in Congress or leadership roles of this GREAT NATION care what happens to it….I am a Native American, and I see and know what happens when you continue to allow people to come in….dang, look at the Constitution, our rights and ALL the things that have changed….IN GOD WE TRUST….PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE….PRAYER….VALUES…MORALS…ETHICS….WHAT IS NEXT….THE LAND AND RESOURCES?

  • HowardandJoy GibsonFamily

    Catch and release? Is he confusing immigrants with fish?

  • Deanna Sharp

    read on internet, he is trying to set up to put chips in people to track the people this is the mark of the beast the bible talks about be careful not to take it.

  • Deanna Sharp

    Obama is ruthless a liar a degenerate muslim He is bound to destroy the christians and to replace them with laying muslims like him self, problem is we have Christ on our side as well as the Father God. So sad too bad you loose Obama/Clinton.

  • Dan

    I refuse to pay into this wanton abuse any more.

  • Carl S Stitzel

    why isn’t Congress Impeaching Obama for disobeying the law

    • Kitty

      Sadly the establishment republicans like the cheap labor (illegal immigrants provide), also – the conservative republicans the minority are afraid to be called racist if they go after Obama for anything. The liberals (Dems) only care about increasing their voters (illegals vote illegally). Really bad news, as Americans (including immigrants who came here legally) all pay the price with less job opportunities and crowded emergency rooms – less housing etc. Very sad what is going on — we need to vote accordingly. Don’t stay home – vote for who you think will put a stop to this BS.

  • Dean

    The more law breaking illegal people he allows to stay. The better his reasons to declare martial law. Looks like a well thought out plan to override the constitution and more closely align with the UN. Our “leadership ” and the UN both need to be removed from our country.

  • Jeraldine Eason

    Illegal aliens as in trumps wives or his mother?

    • TJ

      What??? Wow did they just cross the boarder and instantly became American citizens???? What a stupid remark!!! If I go by your way of thinking then its ok for anyone including our enemies to walk on in anytime without any consequences. Are you that stupid???

      • Jeraldine Eason

        no I think you do not like facts If i marry an illegal alien he becomes a citizen just like trumps wives and yes i could go to some other country and marry some guy and bring him back and yes he would be allowed in or I could just order one online like trump did if your rich enough you can buy anything and you can bet no one was checking to make sure they were not terrorists, of course not they got married that automatically means their good people talk about stupid and besides most of the terrorists in the last 20 years have been home grown white boys or have you forgotten Oklahoma, Atlanta, Texas and most recently Oregon. Wake up all our enemies do not live in other countries most of them have been white christian, male and republican, sad but true.

      • kbfallon

        Can’t believe some these shitbirds actually have the balls to crawl out of their crackholes and spit this vile crap out? This is what you get from ignorant inbreds. Hopefully they cannot vote.

  • Berna

    Obama just let’s these illegals keep entering our country! He should of been impeach.

  • joe s

    This rogue fool Pres. is a bum who should be impeached but for the coward congress.

    • AKLady2015

      How much money are you willing to pay?
      How ,uch should be barrowed from China?
      Congress makes the laws.
      Congress spends the money.
      You elect Congress.
      Making money for the Mikuitary Industrial Complex is Congress’ priority, not border security.

  • Edgar Skinner

    What is our Government coming to? I guess we don’t need them after all.

    • AKLady2015

      Guess again.
      You and people like you make demands, but you do not want to pay for the services you demand.

      • Edgar Skinner

        I worked all my life, I don’t ask anyone for anything. ( except Jesus to help Trump win the Presidency )

  • paulyz

    Obama has done everything in his power, or overriding his power, to continue allowing Illegals to not only remain in this Country, but encourage more to enter!

    • billie

      What would one expect from another illegal POS.

      • AKLady2015

        Why do you believe it is acceptable to lie?
        Why do you believe it is acceptable to repeat lies?

        • kbfallon

          your opinions are like pus oozing from an infected wound–disgusting. Go to a site that has your kind on it–you are a vile pile of dog puke.

    • AKLady2015

      Why do you believe it is acceptable to lie?
      Why do you believe it is acceptable to repeat lies?
      If arrested, the illegal becomes part of the criminal justice system.
      They must be provided legal representation and a trial.
      Let us know when you are willing to pay increased federal income taxes.

      • paulyz

        Under our tremendous National Debt, we will ALL eventually be paying increased Federal Income taxes just to pay the interest on that debt. As for Illegals, the costs of deporting them is far less than their costs to American Citizens & LEGAL Immigrants in health care, welfare, unemployment, education, & crime. What do you suggest, ignore it?

        • kbfallon

          we already are doing all you speak of and it will continue until we get the filth out of office.

      • Patriot068

        FK them!! Catch them at the border and take them back and drop them off on their own soil!! Saves us taxpayers money in the judicial system where 99% don’t show up anyways!! Untie BP,ICE or any LEO in enforcing the laws!!
        We interdicted, thousands of illegals and didn’t bring them to the USA WE TOOK THEM BACK TO THEIR OWN SHITHOLE OF A COUNTRY!!
        the only ones who made it to GITMO were medical cases or ones who could prove they needed political asylum.
        Other than that they got fed ( rice, beans, rice n beans or beans n rice)
        Anyone who acted violently got handcuffed to the pads on our flight deck or chained together

      • why do you lie??

        • kbfallon

          its all it knows how to do…..a vile person. Lies is all you get and anti-american gibberish.

    • RadioFreeKansas

      That would include almost every President since Ike and especially Regan who issued the “amnesty to end all amnesties” in ’86. No, I didn’t vote for O’Bama, but they’ve all done it. It’s gotta stop!!

    • Patriot068

      Exactly! Was out of his A-hole orifice at the WH!! His words!! He is DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS FRANKING MESS!! And telling the DOD to cut in half the over flight missions and drawdown of BP agents is a frigging insult!!
      If I lived on the border as a rancher or home owner ide GD guarantee no illegals would cross my land!!
      The drug cartels have murdered us civilians! And not a GD thing done about it.
      Time for civilian militias to take control.
      Their is already a group of patriots patrolling the border and plenty of ex-vets looking for something to do. Why not use them as back up?? 99% have been trained in interdiction ( I’m one )
      ( Able Manner, Able Vigil, Uphold Democracy) all non lethal interdiction at that time.

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