More than 160,000 migrants have been released into the United States by the Biden administration since March, a leaked document revealed on Wednesday, even as the White House is fighting to keep a Trump-era asylum-seeker expulsion policy in place in the name of COVID safety.
Roughly 32,000 of those migrants were released into the interior on parole, which would allow them to legally apply for work permits, according to data obtained by Fox.
The documents surfaced shortly after the Biden administration ramped up its deportation of migrants under health order Title 42, which was invoked by the Trump administration to allow any border agent to turn asylum-seekers away immediately regardless of status.
Biden has used the rule over the objections of civil rights and immigrant groups to try and mitigate the record surge of people coming to the southern border since he took office.
But it appears enforcement has dropped off again as thousands were allowed to enter the country with little to no oversight or immediate threat of deportation.
Since August 6 alone the government has released more than 70,000 undocumented people into the US, according to the document.
Of them 31,977 were given the temporary legal status and work permissions afforded by the government’s broad use of its parole authority.
Migrants, mostly Haitians, wait for asylum processing by Mexico’s Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR) outside a soccer stadium on October 12
A leaked document shows that 166,197 migrants were released into the US under little to no supervision since March
According to federal law, parole authority should only be used for ‘urgent humanitarian purposes’ such as urgent medical or family needs. It can also be used for ‘significant public benefit,’ like if police need migrants to serve as witnesses to judicial proceedings.
Ex-Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott, who held the role under Joe Biden until late June, said the Biden administration was vastly over-using its parole authority.
‘As a field chief, I don’t believe I ever approved more than 5 or 10 paroles in a year,’ Scott told Fox.
‘When I did, I ensured that the alien was monitored continuously and was detained or removed as soon as the circumstances allowed.’
He explained, ‘By law and regulation a parole shall only be granted on a case by case basis and only for significant humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. Neither of these appear to apply to the current situation.’
Additionally, a majority of those released from federal custody since March 20, 94,570 migrants, were given a Notice to Report (NTR).
A Notice to Appear is typically the first step in the court system that leads to deportation. A 10-day window is usually the wait time between being served an NTA and the first court hearing date, but migrants can apply to extend the requirement, like if they are in ICE custody.
Biden’s broad use of parole authority for migrants has been criticized by at least one former Border Patrol official
However, under the Biden administration, Border Patrol has been giving migrants a ‘Notice to Report.’ That document provides a 60-day window during which migrants have to turn themselves in to an ICE office, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
Migrants who report back are allowed to walk freely while their proceedings take place. Those who don’t show up within the 60-day window can then be subjected to an NTA, if ICE tracks them down.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) directed DailyMail.com’s request for comment to the Department of Homeland Security.
DailyMail.com has reached out to DHS for more information on why these migrants were released and what, if any, surveillance they are under.
NTR and Alternatives to Detention (ATD) provide ‘mechanisms to require family units released from CBP custody to report to ICE within a specified time,’ a CBP official told Fox.
They added that 81 percent of people released into the US from 2014 through 2020 ended up reporting back to immigration authorities.
Roughly 39,630 people have been released on their own recognizance since August 6, according to the data.
Wednesday’s leaked documents also show that out of 180 single adults apprehended in the Del Rio region on September 28, only 52 were placed in detention.
The rest were released into the US without ATD.
Additional leaked documents show that 128 single adults were released from the Del Rio region on September 28 – with no explanation
Migrants traveling in a cargo truck in an attempt to reach the US border get off after the truck was stopped by Guatemala’s National Civil Police on October 9
Just days before the reported date, federal officials cleared the few remaining people from an encampment under a Del Rio bridge where more than 15,000 mostly-Haitian migrants resided in crowded, dirty conditions.
The Biden administration was heavily criticized after images of the cramped tent city emerged.
CBP has not yet released September numbers for how many migrants were encountered at the southwest border.
In July the number exceeded 212,000, a 21-year record high.
In August the number was just north of 208,000 – a 317 percent increase from the same period in 2020.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was asked about the severe spike in people trying to claim asylum in the US in a Yahoo News interview on Tuesday.
Mayorkas said it was due to an ‘accumulation of factors.’
‘I think that pieces of the many different theories compiled together form a very compelling answer. The downturn in economies, the attendant rise in violence, the downturn in economies made more acute by reason of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the suppression of any humanitarian relief over the past number of years, and the pent-up thirst for relief among many different populations,’ he said.
‘I think an accumulation of factors contributes to the rise in migration that we’ve seen.’