Customs and Border Protection Chief: ‘We Have All But Ended Catch and Release’

Only one-in-twenty migrants is being released into the United States after being caught at the border, the acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, told Breitbart News

“We have all but ended catch and release,” Morgan said. “It is a game-changer.”

That is a huge shift from mid-2019, he said. “We were actually releasing half [of the arriving migrants] into the interior of the U.S., most never to be heard of again.”

The end of catch-and-release means that migrants cannot get U.S. jobs while they wait for their asylum claims to be processed. This deters other people from migrating to the border because they know they will not be able to repay their smuggling debts to the cartels.

The rollback of catch and release also reduces the flow of foreign workers into U.S. workplaces. This tightens the labor market and pressures employers to raise wages and spend money on the labor-saving equipment that allows Americans to earn higher wages.

In December, border agents detained 40,000 migrants at the border, down 71 percent from 144,000 detentions in May 2019.

“It is true [and] the success that I’ve just outlined is absolutely a direct result of this President’s strategy … and the accompanying policy initiatives developed by this administration,” Morgan said.

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