Dozens of asylum-seeking migrants from Central America walk north before surrendering to the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande River into the United States from Mexico in La Joya, Texas, May 7, 2021. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)
The Biden administration has released more than 70,000 illegal immigrants into the U.S. since August 6, including 31,977 released via parole, which grants migrants a form of legal status and the ability to apply for work permits, according to a new report.
The figures come from Border Patrol documents obtained by Fox News, which show that at least 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S. since March.
Parole authority is intended to be applied on an as-needed basis for “urgent humanitarian purposes” and “significant public benefit.” Officials usually grant few parole cases, though the Biden administration has stepped outside of the norm in granting parole to tens of thousands of illegal immigrants.
Rodney Scott, who served as border patrol chief under both Biden and former President Trump from January 2020 to June 2021, told the outlet he believes the administration is abusing its parole authority.
“As a field chief, I don’t believe I ever approved more than