"As of midnight tonight, stop all removals," the email reported by Carlson on his show Friday night reads. "This includes Mexican bus runs, charter flights and commercial removals (until further notice). ... All cases are to be considered [no significant likelihood of removal in foreseeable future]."
The email adds, "Release them all, immediately. No sponsor available is not acceptable any longer."
The email was sent to ICE officers as a response to an executive order from President Biden that directed the cessation of most deportations from the United States for 100 days.
Carlson says the official who sent the message notes that he was “just the messenger” and learned that the Department of Homeland Security is still determining how to execute Biden’s order, which does not call for the prompt release of detained migrants.
“So, what was this memo about?” Carlson asked. “Just the result of the complete chaos that resulted when the incoming administration, on its first day, changed a policy this big without explaining what it means.”
“Chaos is the predictable result,” he said. “We thought the last administration had a monopoly on that chaos. Apparently not.”
Biden is extensively expected to change most of former President Donald Trump’s approaches to illegal immigration via executive order and has sent a bill to Congress proposing a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million illegal immigrants who live in the U.S.
President Biden on Friday told Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that he will roll back the Trump administration’s "draconian" immigration policies -- in a week in which the new U.S. president has signed a set of immigration orders.
A readout from the White House said that Biden spoke with Lopez Obrador to "review bilateral cooperation on a range of bilateral and regional issues, particularly regional migration."
"The President outlined his plan to reduce migration by addressing its root causes, increasing resettlement capacity and lawful alternative immigration pathways, improving processing at the border to adjudicate requests for asylum, and reversing the previous administration’s draconian immigration policies," the statement said.
"The two leaders agreed to work closely to stem the flow of irregular migration to Mexico and the United States, as well as to promote development in the Northern Triangle of Central America," it said. "They also recognized the importance of coordination to combat the COVID-19 pandemic."
Biden campaigned on stopping the Trump administration’s sterner immigration policies and has made it a priority since being inaugurated.