Overwhelmed by the number of migrants surging across the southern border, the Biden administration has enacted what some are calling a “catch-and-bus” policy, daily transporting scores of migrants to various locations within the U.S. where they can pursue more permanent legal status, the Center for Immigration Studies reported this week.
The immigration think tank claimed that a “conveyer belt of commercial and charter buses” in Texas, Arizona, and California are carrying “tens of thousands” of migrants into America’s heartland. This “final leg of the smuggling routes,” it said, has gone largely unreported by media organizations that have instead been captivated by overcrowded migrant children housing facilities along the border.
Todd Bensman, senior national security fellow for the center, estimated that roughly 30,000 migrants who entered the country illegally have been bused directly into the country since the start of the year. That figure matches Border Patrol estimates TheBlaze reported on earlier this week.
“Immediately overwhelmed and unwilling to return children with their parents, Biden’s [Department of Homeland Security] began handing out legal permission slips to pursue more permanent legal status later and put them on outward-bound buses,” CIS noted in its report. “This practice, in turn, only propelled the crisis because, naturally, its satisfied beneficiaries passed on word of the new catch-and-bus practice on social media networks and calls home. A kind of gold rush began over the frontier that has only gathered volume and intensity by the day.”
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The think tank claimed that so far the “catch-and-bus” policy appeared to be limited to family units, though not exclusively. Since the start of Biden’s presidency, it has been widely reported that his administration had effectively ended the detention and deportation of family units.
Axios reported last week that the administration only expelled 13% of migrant families during a one-week period in March. It’s assumed, though not confirmed, that the figure is representative of the administration’s policy overall. And while not expelling families, the administration has also expressed reluctance to detaining families in detention centers, effectively leaving one remaining option — release.
The migrants being bused to various places within the U.S. — such as Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and elsewhere — are not off scot-free, but they have been given official documents allowing them to live and work in the country for the time being, CIS reported.
DHS has reportedly provided many with an administrative document titled “Order of Release on Recognizance,” which grants them the legal right to be in the country temporarily, according to two documents that were shown to CIS by migrants aboard one of the buses. The document requires that migrants self-report to a deportation officer in their destination cities by a specific date.
“One Nicaraguan migrant showed CIS a DHS document titled ‘Interim Notice Authorizing Parole,’ which grants him a renewable one-year term to live legally inside the country,” CIS added.
The migrants granted temporary legal status will likely apply for asylum, a process which could take years and grants work authorization and a Social Security Card to the individual.