Posted on January 5, 2023

Joe Biden Claims He Can Expand Legal Migration by 360,000

Neil Munro, Breitbart, January 5, 2023

President Joe Biden claims he can legally admit 360,000 extra migrants each year, despite Congress’ annual cap of roughly 1 million migrants.

“Today, I’m announcing that my administration is going to expand the parole program for people not only from Venezuela, but from Cuba, Nicaragua, and Haiti,” Biden told reporters at a White House press conference.

Biden claimed he has the power to raise immigration numbers because the Republicans have refused to vote for his mass immigration policies. “I’m left with only one choice — to act on my own, do as much as I can on my own to try to change the atmosphere,” Biden said. 

The plan would use the soon-to-expire Title 42 border barrier to block illegal migration while also awarding 360,000 “parole” tickets that allow would-be migrants to work and live in the United States.

The migrant plan is being touted by White House officials and establishment media sites as a “carrot and stick” policy.

“This is more smoke and mirrors than carrots and sticks,” responded Rosemary Jenks, the director of government relations at  {snip}

The underlying problem is the Democrats will not want to enforce the nation’s border laws even after they award parole tickets to hundreds of thousands of migrants, Jenks said. “If [illegal migrants] can still get in, they’re going to keep coming …  It’s gonna be all of them plus 360,000,” she said.

Biden’s parole policy is also illegal, said Andrew Arthur, a former immigration judge who works for the Center for Immigration Studies:

Section 212(d)(5) of the INA [Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965] … limits the administration’s authority to allow aliens into the United States on parole, and if they attempt to implement such a [migration] program, the states are going to sue them and the states are going to win … [Parole] is on a case-by-case basis for significant public interest or for humanitarian purposes. This [plan] doesn’t satisfy either one of the requirements.


The Supreme Court is currently deciding if Biden’s deputies are violating the 1965 law by refusing to detail job-seekers who claim they need asylum.