A little known rule exists that allows congressional members to halt a deportation as it introduces a bill to grant an illegal or criminal legal immigrant from being deported. But the fact is congress almost never votes to prevent such a deportation and liberals in congress have used that to keep illegals in the country. Now, ICE has issued a letter stating that they are paring back that program and the only way that liberals can prevent these deportations is by successfully winning a vote in both houses of Congress.
Liberal members of Congress like Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) have resorted to introducing these private bills to prevent deportations when the regular administrative process is exhausted.
In light of President Donald Trump’s executive order to place new emphasis on the deportation of aliens convicted of crimes, ICE has reevaluated this policy, according to the letter sent to congressional leaders Friday.
From now on, stays of removal will only be issued when specially requested by the chairs the House and Senate Judiciary Committees or the relevant subcommittees. In the current Congress, all these posts are held by Republicans.
Even when specifically requested, stays will now be granted only once for no more than six months with the potential for 90-day extensions at the discretion of the Director of ICE, currently Acting Director Thomas Homan. Stays will also be eligible for revocation if ICE discovers damning information about aliens slated for removal after a stay is issued.
No longer will ICE allow members of Congress to circumvent immigration law. There are 950,000 immigrants who have deportation orders against them and only 300 judges currently hearing their cases. After the illegals have exhausted all legal options that can take years, liberals could stall deportation for even more years. That stopped today.