(NationalSentinel) It’s going to take some time for the new administration to get grounded and spun up into full operations – especially with so many political forces working against it – as evidenced by a Friday report claiming that some Border Patrol agents are still engaged in Obama-era “catch-and-release” practices, in violation of President Donald J. Trump’s new directive.
In an exclusive report, Lifezette quoted Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, as saying that in some sectors, rogue agents were ignoring Trump’s executive order requiring stricter enforcement of immigration laws.
In an interview with the web site, Judd said after he learned that some sectors were still engaging in Obama-era policies, he took the issue to U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello, and now he says he is confident the matter will be taken care of.
Judd said as recently as Thursday, some border patrol stations were still releasing border-jumpers, often without even issuing notices to appear in immigration court hearings. Obama’s policy was to release anyone claiming to have been living continuously in the United States since before Jan. 1, 2014, if they did not have criminal records or active warrants.
“We’re still walking people out the door,” Judd said. “The catch-and-release policy is still in place in some sectors.”
He added that a minority of sectors were ignoring Trump’s order, placing the blame for that on area managers, not front-line Border Patrol agents.
“This is not the administration’s fault. This is Border Patrol’s fault,” he said. “It varies from sector to sector. Some sectors still are operating under the Obama administration’s policies. And that’s troubling … It’s just been very willy-nilly.”
Customs and Border Patrol officials said the agency was working to implement the president’s order; Judd added that some managers are awaiting written instructions from the Department of Homeland Security, under which the Border Patrol falls, to ensure clarity of direction.
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Some expressed surprise that sectors were ignoring Trump’s order, given the huge support he received from Border Patrol agents during the campaign.
“It would be surprising to me because Border Patrol has been hugely in support of Trump when he ran,” Joseph Guzzardi, a spokesman for Californians for Population Stabilization, told Lifezette. “I have been down to the border and talked to Border Patrol agents and got the clear impression that they were eager to enforce immigration law.”
Judd said he believes the Trump policy will be fully implemented soon, but that it should not have taken him bringing attention to the lack of full implementation to get it done.