U.S. has welcomed more than 500,000 migrants as part of historic expansion of legal immigration under Biden
The Biden administration has welcomed over half a million migrants under programs designed to reduce illegal border entries or offer a safe haven to refugees, using a 1950s law to launch the largest expansion of legal immigration in modern U.S. history, unpublished government data obtained by CBS News show.
In less than two years, the administration has allowed at least 541,000 migrants to enter the U.S. through the immigration parole authority, which gives federal officials the power to authorize the entry of foreigners who lack visas, according to internal government statistics, court records and public reports.
The unprecedented use of the parole authority has allowed officials to divert migration away from the southern border by offering would-be migrants a legal and safe alternative to journeying to the U.S. with the help of smugglers and entering the country unlawfully. It has also given the administration a faster way to resettle refugees as it attempts to rebuild a resettlement system gutted by drastic Trump-era cuts.
Montoya-Galvez, C. (2023, July). U.S. has welcomed more than 500,000 migrants as part of historic expansion of legal immigration under Biden. CBS News. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/immigration-parole-migrants-us-expansion-bi...