Department of Homeland Security officials explained to the Times that the lower deportation numbers were the outcome of a push to expand the reach of "prosecutorial discretion" — in other words, thousands of migrants were freed even though judges did not rule in their favor.
DHS lawyers and migrants worked out deals by which cases were dismissed or terminated, therefore enabling the migrants to stay in the country.
One source told the Times that the Biden administration was "pushing to break the immigration court system."
The more carefree approach under the Biden administration comes as over 1.4 million migrants were encountered at the southern border between February and September, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) numbers.
The Times announced that roughly half a million migrants were caught and freed by DHS throughout the last year, with immigration courts issuing just about 40,000 or so deportation orders.
The report appears as more migrants cross the border.
According to the Washington Examiner, the flood is overwhelming Texas state troopers patrolling an area previously affected little by the disaster.
Law enforcement officials told the news outlet that areas in west Texas had been occupied by groups of males passing the border and attempting to avoid capture, as opposed to families and children crossing at other border points seeking help and assistance.
A law enforcement source within CBP states that between 1,800 and 2,000 migrants are managing to elude apprehension daily along the southwest border, Breitbart reported Friday.
The total number of migrants escaping apprehension, a term referred to as the "got-away count," reached 75,000 in the fiscal year of 2022, starting in October this year. As of now, the migrant got-away count for 2022 is likely to surpass more than 400,000 as reported in the fiscal year 2021, the source revealed to the outlet.
Even as the workload grew, judges completed only 115,000 cases in the fiscal year, the lowest figure in over 25 years. Some of that is because of the coronavirus pandemic, "but not all of it," a department official stated. The official announced that there's been a "complete de-emphasis" on actually completing cases.
"That level of dysfunction is unprecedented at any government agency and should warrant an official investigation," the official said.