ICE Faces Lawsuit For Withholding Identity Of Arrested Migrants

A central point of contention for many critics of the Biden administration’s immigration policies relates to the threat of dangerous criminals being allowed to disappear into communities across the United States after entering the country illegally.

According to the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the White House is making matters worse by withholding the identity of undocumented immigrants arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The organization has launched a lawsuit against the agency, arguing that it did not respond to a Freedom of Information Act inquiry seeking an explanation as to why only about two-thirds of migrant criminals taken into custody under the Biden administration are named in press releases. By comparison, roughly 97% of ICE arrestees under the Trump administration were identified.

“ICE’s sudden decision to omit the names of alien offenders from press releases appears to be a deliberate attempt to keep the public from determining whether dangerous foreign criminals have been removed from the United States,” argued Matt O’Brien, the organization’s director of investigations.

He noted that such a policy is “rather hypocritical coming from an administration that claims to be the most transparent in the history of the U.S.”

Earlier this week, ICE announced the arrest of a 27-year-old Ecuadorian national accused of a heinous assault on a child but did not identify the individual in its statement.
The IRLI lawsuit came to light as GOP lawmakers pointed a finger at Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for his perceived inaction regarding the ongoing border crisis.

As for the effort to shield the identity of immigrants arrested by ICE, one IRLI source speculated that it is part of an effort to minimize the impact of the White House’s agenda.

“This is yet another shameless attempt by the current administration to hide the disastrous impact of its immigration policies,” the statement asserted. “Not including the names of criminal immigration violators is effectively flushing their cases down the memory hole so that watchdog groups will have a more difficult time holding this White house accountable for their destructive actions. The American people deserve transparency on this matter.”

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