As promised, and as predicted, the Biden Regime is expanding its Parole Amnesty. Parole amnesties are not something new: parole was used to reunite various aliens in the United States with family members who were not immediately eligible, or eligible at all, for immigrant visas.
Usually it was some type of refugee, asylee, or other alien with tenuous legal status in the United States who wanted relatives, including parents, children, siblings, or spouses, to immigrate. The problem being those family members had no claim to any status, not refugee, not asylee, not anything, and any wait for a family-based immigrant visa would take many decades. It began with Southeast Asian refugees, where the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) would illegally use parole to bring those extended family relations in. Then came the Obama Regime, which established a formal parole program for Haitians to bring relatives to the United States for which there was no available immigrant visa. The important point being that those Haitians were illegally allowed into the United States as immigrants when they did not have an immigrant visa.
The Biden Regime adopted this parole strategy as one of the actions they would take to increase ostensible “legal” immigration. The Biden Regime continued the Haitian program and reinstituted the Central American Minors (CAM) program to parole in those ineligible for asylum or refugee status, mostly for the purpose of uniting minors left in Central America by their illegal alien parents, who would doubly be ineligible for any immigrant visa as their parents could not sponsor them for an immigrant visa and there was no immigrant visa category for children of illegal aliens.
Seeing the success and no push-back from the public or the Republicans, the Biden Regime expanded use of parole to bring otherwise ineligible aliens to the United States with a program for Venezuelans. That was quickly followed with an expanded parole program for any Cuban, Haitian, and Nicaraguan who could obtain a “sponsor” in the United States, with the sponsor not having to be a person that theoretically could eventually file a petition for an immigrant visa on the aliens’ behalf, so that could be anyone, not just a parent, spouse, child, or sibling. Together, this group would be 30,000 a month, with the Haitian Family Reunification program being unlimited.
With this success and the failure of Kevin McCarthy to take any action to halt the border collapse and illegal Biden amnesties, the Regime has decided to expand parole amnesties to aliens from Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras who have a family-based immigrant visa petition, DHS Form I-130, Petition For Alien Relative, filed and approved, but for which an immigrant visa is not readily available. Not readily available means the aliens with an approved DHS Form I-130 have many years to wait in line as there are limits on the number of family-based immigrant visas per year based on the alien’s citizenship, except for children and spouses of American citizens. Basically this is an illegal line-jumping program for politically favored groups. The situation in immigration law is called country caps. (h/t Hate Farmer)
The Biden administration will soon open a new immigration program to allow some Central Americans and Colombians to enter the U.S. legally and discourage would-be migrants from these countries from journeying north to cross the U.S. southern border illegally, officials announced Friday.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiative, which will formally start on July 10, will allow eligible migrants from Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to fly to the U.S. and gain government work permits if they have relatives who are U.S. citizens or legal residents and have filed visa applications on their behalf.[U.S. Opens New Legal Path For Central American, Colombian Immigrants, by Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News/Yahoo News, July 7, 2023]
This program will include 100,000 aliens from Central American and an unknown number from Columbia.
As part of a broader plan to address unlawful crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year, the Biden administration committed to welcoming up to 100,000 Central American migrants under this program, known as the Family Reunification Parole Process. Officials have not provided a timeframe [sic] for fulfilling that pledge or a cap for Colombian applicants.
The real problem, though, is what this portends for the next parole amnesty. Central Americans and Columbians are not the source nations for immigration, except for El Salvador. Other nations provide more family-based immigration, and with longer wait times and country caps than Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras; those nations being China, India, Mexico, and the Philippines. When will citizens of these countries become eligible for a parole program? They have as much claim to “family reunification” as any citizen of Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and with higher country caps and longer wait times, certainly “family reunification” is a greater imperative for them. More importantly, any family reunification parole for China, India, the Philippines, and Mexico would include astronomical numbers, in the millions. All coming to elect a new people, the ultimate purpose of these Biden Regime Administrative Amnesties.
In the end though, any “family reunification” parole amnesty is illegal. Congress created by statute country caps and wait times. That is the law. Any parole program to end the wait times and country caps is an illegal immigration program created by the Executive Branch.