Biden Terminates 350,000 Migrant Cases

( The Biden administration has allowed more than 350,000 illegal migrants in the United States to freely roam the country by dismissing their immigration court cases. In 2022, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) adviser Kerry Doyle sent out a memo ordering prosecutors to toss cases involving migrants who do not pose national security threats.

Almost 103,000 migrant cases were dismissed in 2022, some 149,000 cases in 2023, and 114,000 cases as of this writing in 2024. The non-profit group Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse found that 77% of migrants who claim asylum have been permitted to remain in the US.

The Biden administration’s policies amount to “massive amnesty” under the cover of prosecutorial discretion, former immigration judge Andrew Arthur said. Moreover, the migrants are no longer subject to oversight by ICE once their cases are dismissed, requiring ICE to restart proceedings against such migrants if they later commit crimes in the US.

However, US President Joe Biden is set to issue an executive order to limit the number of asylum-seeking migrants permitted to cross into the country each day. The order would restrict entries once daily encounters between official ports of entry reach 2,500, although it provides an exemption for unaccompanied minors.

Former US President Donald Trump utilized a similar authority during his administration, which Democrats criticized. Biden’s utilization of the authority may be an attempt to look tougher on immigration in advance of the 2024 US presidential election, in which he is set to again face Trump.

A poll conducted in March and April 2024 found that a majority of Americans are supportive of the mass deportation of illegal migrants. The poll found that even 42% of Democrats are supportive of such a policy, which has been floated by Trump.

Two-thirds of Americans believe that illegal migration is a genuine crisis and not a media fabrication, the poll also found. More Americans blame the Biden administration for the crisis than any other factor.

Even if Biden limits daily border crossings for asylum seekers, his administration has nevertheless enabled many migrants who do enter from ever having to appear in court to officialize their status in the country. It remains to be seen how voters will react to this fact on Election Day.

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