A whopping 3.8 million people have entered the United States since Joe Biden replaced Donald Trump in the White House as the 46th President announces visas for thousands of illegal immigrants.
The Biden administration announced the expansion of a form of humanitarian relief for Venezuelans already on US soil on Wednesday.
Its changes could see hundreds of thousands of additional people obtain work permits.
The Department of Homeland Security said: “As a result, an additional approximately hundreds of thousands Venezuelan nationals across the country will be immediately eligible to apply for work authorization.
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“TPS provides temporary protection from removal, as well as employment authorization for eligible Venezuelan nationals.”
New York Governor Kathy Hochul welcomed the announcement, saying: “I’m grateful the federal government has acted so speedily to grant one of our top priorities: providing Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelan asylum seekers and migrants who have already arrived in this country.”
Hochel’s statement added: “There’s more work to do as we address this crisis, but the State of New York is prepared to immediately begin the process of signing people up for work authorization and getting them into jobs so they can become self-sufficient.”
A total of 2,345,600 people have been granted Notices to Appear (NTAs) before an immigration court over the last three years, figures compiled by Syracuse University’s TRAC immigration database have revealed.
NTAs are issued to people who arrive on US soil, hand themselves in to Border Patrol and claim asylum.
Over 1.23 million NTAs were issued in the financial year 2023 alone.
However, the Customs & Borders Protection also estimate more than 1.5 million so-called “got-aways” made it across the border without being detected or caught.
Migrants travel on a train with the intention of reaching the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, MexicoREUTERS