Catch and Release 2.0–Leaks Highlight Teardown of Immigration Enforcement

Brandon Darby, Breitbart, January 11, 2015

Leaked internal training documents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveal Border Patrol agents are now receiving guidelines instructing them that the vast majority of illegal immigrants in the U.S. are off limits to federal agents and are substantially immune to detention and deportation. A trusted federal agent in the CBP provided exclusive copies of the documents to Breitbart Texas and also agreed to an interview on the condition of anonymity.

According to the source, these training documents were required training for U.S. Border Patrol agents and each agent was required to sign their name to confirm receiving the training.

The documents outline three categories that illegal immigrants are now grouped into: Priority one, two, and three. Priority one includes aliens who “pose a threat to national security, border security, or public safety.” Priority two includes aliens who are “misdemeanants and new immigration violators.” Priority three includes all other illegal aliens and describes them as “other immigration violators.”

The leaked training documents are careful to note that no part of this training should be construed as discouraging arrests, but the entirety of the training appears to do exactly that. The training materials, when coupled with a November 20, 2014 memo on prosecutorial discretion from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, indicate that agents should primarily only arrest someone who they directly see cross the border, if they are a wanted criminal, a convicted felon, have an extensive or a violent criminal history, or otherwise pose a national security or public safety threat.

The majority of other illegal aliens cannot be detained or deported without specific approval from leadership.

The source clarified this and said, “Nothing says don’t arrest, but it clearly says don’t waste your time because the alien will not be put into detention, sent back or deported. There is literally no reason to arrest an illegal alien because they are specifically telling Border Patrol there will be no consequence for the illegal alien. It is a waste of time and resources to arrest someone who is off limits for detainment or deportation and the documents make that fact clear. Border Patrol agents are now being trained to be social workers, not law enforcement.”


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  • Easyrhino

    Whoever initiated such orders should be brought up on treason charges.

    • propagandaoftruth

      So very many…

  • james AZ

    Release jihads into USA and kill more Americans.” That dictator Obama’s plan as his heart to Islamic… NO QUESTION,!!!!!!!!!

  • MekongDelta69

    Just the latest in the never-ending browning of America.

  • dd121

    The left is turning up the heat slowly. So far, us frogs haven’t noticed much.

    • SentryattheGate

      I think the heat has lately been turned up full blast! “They” feel the need to cook the remaining frogs in the pot, as so many others have been jumping out of the pot!

      • dd121

        I haven’t seen the resistance you mention.

  • DonReynolds

    Obama’s Senior Domestic Advisor and lead person on the border surge, is none other than Cecilia Munoz…….a former Vice President of LaRaza. So what happens when Mexicans and other hispanics are allowed to write White House policies on immigration enforcement????

    • See The Future

      As soon as your government allows foreigners to occupy elected office, police, military, government administration, you know the cards have been dealt.

      • DonReynolds

        There is no surrender in those cards…..just blood, and sweat, and tears.
        It just means there is no peaceful solution to this problem. We cannot talk our way out of this conflict, or vote for it to go away, or pass a resolution or a referendum. It may be necessary for us to wade in blood and much of that blood may be our own.

    • Sick of it

      “So what happens when Mexicans and other hispanics are allowed to write White House policies on immigration enforcement????”

      The bronze race wins?

      • SentryattheGate

        Why should the entire (well almost) Western Hemisphere be Latino? Where”s the “sacred” diversity in that? And how are Latinos going to suddenly become successful once they have North America, when they haven’t achieved success with all of Central and South America? Latinos need to look in the mirror and ask themselves why they have failed, rather than expect us to hand over OUR territory!

        • Sick of it

          You’re expecting too much out of them…

  • Jim

    This is more complicated than you think. The BP should concentrate on catching aliens crossing right at the border since they can’t round up 15 million (or whatever) aliens in the US and ship them back. That ain’t gonna happen no matter how much you or I wish it would.

    The BP maintains checkpoints near border areas that greatly annoy local US citizens. It used to be that if you were “non illegal alien” looking you could slowly drive through the checkpoints with hardly a glance from the BP agents.

    Now because of rules against “profiling” everyone going through the checkpoint, including people who live on one side and go to work everyday and shop on the other, have to stop, roll down their window, tell their citizenship, answer any other questions such as “where are you coming from” and “where are you going” until the BP agent decides to let them in.

    People expect this when they enter the US from Mexico and need to declare what they are bringing, but its not what people want when the checkpoint is right in the middle of their daily lives. Checkpoints often are set up on east-west highways, not just north-bound highways. Drive from Tucson to San Diego and you have to go through one. Drive from El Paso to Dallas and you have to go through one.

    Close the checkpoints and beef up the borders.