President Biden just announced a plan to deal with the situation at the southwest border, which he attributes to "the broken immigration system."

Immigration reform has been needed for a very long time. It seems more likely that the "situation," which is a record-breaking number of illegal crossings, is due to things that have occurred during his presidency, such as his practice of releasing most of the illegal crossers who aren’t expelled under Title 42.

Also, the fact that ICE immigration arrests in the interior of the country fell to the lowest level in more than a decade in fiscal 2021, may also have been a factor. Illegal crossers generally are safe once they have reached the interior of the country.

Excerpts from the Fact Sheet for his plan.

Expand the Venezuelan parole program. When there was a huge spike in the number of illegal crossers from Venezuela, Biden established a special parole program for Venezuelan asylum seekers. He is expanding this program to include asylum seekers from Cuba, Nicaragua and Haiti. He claims that most of the illegal crossers are from these four countries.

It will be available to up to 30,000 individuals per month from these countries who have passed background checks and have a sponsor in the United States who is willing to provide financial and other support.

The rest of the migrants from these countries will be subject to expulsion to Mexico, which has agreed to accept the return of up to 30,000 individuals per month from these countries.

Participants will be permitted to enter and remain in the United States with work authorization for a period of two years while they wait for an asylum hearing.

Increase the Use of expedited removal proceedings. Some migrants who attempt to enter the United States without valid entry documents will be removed from the United States without a hearing unless they establish a credible fear of persecution, which entitles them to an asylum hearing.


Published originally on Fox News.

Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years. He subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. Follow him at: