A new report has revealed that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) failed to issue court summonses to over 80% of migrants who were released under President Biden’s now-defunct “parole” program.
When the migrants were apprehended, they were released on “parole” and told to check in with ICE within 60 days, according to statistics that the government submitted to a federal judge, The Washington Times reported.
But more than 40% of those migrants never even showed up to check-in. The rest actually did check in with ICE, but ICE released 80% of those migrants again without giving them a notice to appear in immigration court.
That means the government appears to have lost track of 2,108 — or 82% — of the “paroled” migrants.
“These statistics are troubling to say the least,” District Judge T. Kent Wetherell of Florida wrote Tuesday. “But even more troubling is the fact that DHS apparently does not have a plan in place to track down the aliens who are in violation of the conditions of their ‘parole’ — and, thus, unlawfully in the country.”
The “parole” program was created by the Biden administration in March 2022 as a way to reduce the number of migrants being held in detention centers. Under the program, migrants who were apprehended at the border were released into the United States with a 60-day notice to appear in court.
However, the report found that ICE was unable to track down the vast majority of migrants who were released under the program. This is because ICE did not issue court summonses to the migrants, and it did not have the resources to track them down through other means.
Ultimately, the report’s findings are a major blow to the Biden administration’s immigration policies. They suggest that the administration’s plan to release migrants into the United States without any way to track them down is a failure. The report also raises concerns about the security of the United States.
— New York Post (@nypost) July 20, 2023