Trump administration to end ‘catch and release’ program

Beginning next week, the Trump administration will effectively end “catch and release”practice within immigration enforcement next week.

“With some humanitarian and medical exceptions, DHS will no longer be releasing family units from Border Patrol Stations into the interior.  This means that for family units, the largest demographic by volume arriving at the border this year, the court-mandated practice of catch and release due to the inability of DHS to complete immigration proceedings with families detained together in custody–will have been mitigated.  This is a vital step in restoring the rule of law and integrity to our immigration system.

Taken together, these improvements demonstrate significant progress, but I want to take a few moments to set the stage with where we were four months ago, at the height of this crisis, the strategy and solutions we applied to begin addressing it, and why I believe continued efforts and partnership are needed to permanently resolve it.” 


Under the new procedures, if a family does not claim fear of return to their home country, they will be deported to that country. If the family does claim fear of return, they will be returned to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols, a Trump administration policy that requires migrants to wait on the Mexican side of the border while the U.S. processes their claim.

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