Border agents watched as immigrants came across the river, but could do nothing about it.
Since March, the government has released at least 160,000 illegal immigrants into the United States with little supervision, according to Border Patrol documents obtained by Fox News. And it has also made extensive use of parole authority, which has allowed more than 30,000 people to get work permits since August.
Since March 20, at least 94,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S. and are only required to report to an ICE office – which can be anywhere in the country. And those who do report will not be deported or detained while the process moves forward.
And since Aug. 6, the government has released about 32,000 immigrants into the U.S. through parole – which gives them legal status and the ability to work.
But federal law requires that parole authority be used only on the basis of “urgent humanitarian purposes” and “significant public interest. Only a few parole cases are generally granted, but the current administration is using it extensively.
Rodney Scott, a former Border Patrol chief who served under President Biden, reviewed the documents and said the government is abusing the parole authority. “The current situation, as it stands, does not apply to the requirements of that law,” he said.
As the field director, he said, “I don’t grant more than five or 10 paroles in a year.” And I would make sure that the alien was under constant surveillance and detained or deported as soon as possible.” And in 2 months, they granted more than 30,000.
The documents also show that since Aug. 6, the government has released another 40,000 illegal immigrants on their own recognizance.
The agency has not yet released figures for September, but in July and August, more than 200,000 immigrants have entered the country.
And Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has repeatedly said the border is not open.