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Why Biden Officials Are Flexing More Immigration ‘Parole’ Power

Jan. 23, 2023, 10:20 AM

The Biden administration has embraced a pathway for thousands of immigrants to cross into the US and make temporary homes, drawing plaudits from humanitarian groups and skepticism from GOP lawmakers.

The Department of Homeland Security has increasingly used immigration “parole” — which is different from the type associated with the criminal justice system — to allow Afghans, Ukrainians, and other vulnerable foreign nationals to seek refuge in the US.

The designation, rooted in the Immigration and Nationality Act, has been used for decades to help people fleeing danger, though it doesn’t come with the long-term protections of refugee status. US ...