AG Brnovich Obtains Records Detailing Dangerous Shift in Immigration Policies Featured

Katie Conner, Attorney General’s Office April 30, 2021 256

AG Brnovich Obtains Records Detailing Dangerous Shift in Immigration Polices

Big Idea

  •  Arizona and Montana have a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security
  • The states are challenging interim guidance that presumptively halts nearly all deportations
  • Discovery is ongoing, as they have been going through 5,000 pages of records
  • The new policy will result in an estimated 50% decrease of arrests
  • Read more…


Attorney General Brnovich is challenging new immigration policies. 

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that his office (AGO) has obtained internal emails and documents from the federal government as part of a court-ordered discovery in Arizona and Montana's lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and federal officials. The states are challenging DHS’ interim guidance that presumptively halts nearly all deportations outside of three narrow categories.

This administrative record was provided as part of discovery in the AGO’s lawsuit against DHS and officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). DHS provided 5,000 pages of records, of which 170 were not redacted. Arizona and Montana are the first states to uncover this information.
“The DHS records we have obtained convey a shocking disregard for the safety of American communities by the Biden Administration,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “The Biden Administration and its radical allies are effectively abolishing ICE through administrative acts.”
Although discovery is ongoing, these records reveal a high-ranking ICE official reported that the new policy would result in an estimated 50 percent decrease of ICE “book-ins” (arrests). Additionally, the vast majority of “book-ins” would come from Border Patrol transfers (rather than interior enforcement).
An attachment to this email also indicated that the policy could result in the release of convicted felons into communities (those convicted of murder, kidnapping, assault, sexual assault, weapons, and other serious charges). DHS identified the following numbers of individuals arrested in FY2020 and who would not be eligible for enforcement or removal based upon the new enforcement priorities:

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

Even though the DHS policy the AGO is challenging cites “limited resources” as the basis for implementing these new immigration policies, there does not appear to be any corroborating documentation of limited resources in the record that DHS claims forced the pause in deportations. 

Additionally, based on the emails and documents obtained by the AGO, it appears ICE may have devised a way to revert back to very limited deportation procedures just days after a Texas federal judge issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the 100-day moratorium on removals.

Rate this item
(0 votes)
Last modified on Friday, 30 April 2021 03:06
Published in Arizona News

Latest Tweets

Get 20% Discount on any purchase of our products to Join our Facebook Community Group. Join Now :… https://t.co/6jbMdj0Amg
RT @syedbalkhi: Here's a simple yet highly effective leadership tip: Talk to your team, learn about them, mentor them, do something though…
🔥 Introducing New Niche at Exhibz 🔥 #Exhibz Our Event Conference #WordPress theme based on #wpeventin plugin come… https://t.co/Eq6Vm8QZvC
Follow Themewinter on Twitter

Post Gallery

Lovely Weather This Week

Arizona Celebrates School Choice Week

Housing Stability Court Navigator on Board at Yavapai County

Yavapai County Sheriff Investigating Fatal Hit & Run

Arizona Gas Prices are down 2.4¢

Movie Review: Heart of the Gun

Introducing Yavapai County's New Fleet Director & Emergency Manager

Candidate Packets Available for County & Precinct Committeement

AZ Adds 400K Jobs Since 2015