Posted on May 4, 2021

Despite a Crisis at the Border, Internal Emails Reveal the Federal Government Is ‘Effectively Abolishing ICE’

Beth Baumann, Daily Wire, April 28, 2021

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) on Wednesday released vital immigration-related documents that explain how the federal government is responding to the crisis at the southern border. According to Brnovich, arrest records indicate the federal government is failing to utilize Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) despite the surge at the border.

ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) ran historical data to determine how the Biden administration’s interim guidance, which halted deportations for the first 100 days of the new administration, would have on arrests. That guidance is allegedly responsible for cutting apprehensions in half.


ERO took the historical data and applied the Biden administration’s guidelines to those who were previously apprehended in fiscal year 2020. The following convicted felons would have been released:

  • 3,371 (Assault)
  • 4,174 (Dangerous Drugs)
  • 85 (Homicide)
  • 46 (Kidnapping)
  • 225 (Sex Offenses)
  • 73 (Sexual Assault)
  • 503 (Weapon Offenses)


Data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appears to back up Brnovich’s claim.

A table on the DHS website shows a staggering number of apprehensions between October 2020 and April 2021. As Customs and Border Protection (CBP) arrests go up month after month, the number of ICE arrests continues to trend downward.