The House Oversight Committee set a two-week deadline for the Biden administration to indicate the number of migrants that have been released into the United States since President Joe Biden assumed office in 2021 as part of a controversial parole system. The effort underscores wider questions regarding the White House’s border policy, including impeachment resolutions against both Biden and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Republican members of the committee stated that the Biden administration had engaged in a “flagrant abuse” of the nation’s immigration parole policy.
The representatives cited reports that “99% of inadmissible aliens who applied for an appointment” through a Customs and Border Protection app were “ultimately approved for parole.”
“Illegal aliens given unlawful categorical parole through these programs will likely live in the United States for years before they are issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) in immigration court given the massive scheduling backlogs at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices,” the Republicans wrote.
“But you think Biden’s not going to just replace [Mayorkas] with another nutball who doesn’t give a damn about the rule of law?”
“Congress needs to use its appropriations power to force these guys to pass laws…and demand that we enforce the law.”https://t.co/UstXM9TrlL
— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) June 28, 2023
The letter requests the DHS chief to turn over “all documents and communications containing any numerical accounting” of aliens allowed through the country through official border crossings and the use of the app.
According to the Biden White House, between Biden’s taking office and February 2023, Homeland Security released almost 900,000 illegal immigrants into the country using the parole procedure.
In April 2022 alone, more than 90,000 aliens were allowed into the country using this system.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) introduced articles of impeachment against Biden related to what she describes as an “aggressive, open-borders agenda.”
According to Boebert’s resolution, the president “has intentionally facilitated a complete and total invasion at the southern border.”
She cited the end of the Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, as well as the closure of Homeland Security facilities.
Boebert accuses the president of “circumventing every safeguard, check and balance required by law, resulting in mass illegal immigration into the United States, to the detriment of the American people.”
In 2021, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) introduced articles of impeachment against Mayorkas, accusing him of having “willfully refused to maintain operational control of the border.”
The resolution argued that this led to “an increase in illegal aliens and illegal narcotics, including deadly fentanyl, entering the United States.”