Monday, January 30, 2023

States Sue to Stop New Biden Border ‘parole’ Policy Set to Bring in 30,000 More Migrants Per Month; Texas Leads 20 Republican States in Suing Biden Admin Over Migrant Parole Program

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States sue to stop new Biden border ‘parole’ policy set to bring in 30,000 more migrants per month:
Republican-led states sued Tuesday to try to stop President Biden’s “parole” program that would create a new pathway for up to 30,000 migrants to enter the U.S. each month.
The states, assisted by America First Legal, said the program has no basis in law and stretches the parole power far beyond what it was intended to do.
“This is a dramatic escalation in the open borders crusade — not only is Biden freely admitting illegal aliens who arrive at our borders, but he is now going to foreign countries to pre-approve innumerable illegal aliens to flood into our country without any legal basis whatsoever,” said Stephen Miller, president of America First Legal and an architect of President Trump’s immigration policies.
He called the Biden plan “illegal, unconstitutional and contemptible.”
Mr. Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said they believe the program can take pressure off the southern border by converting immigrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela who would be entering the country illegally into legal arrivals.
Those who come must have sponsors in the U.S.
Those from the four nations who arrive without being part of the program are supposed to be expelled.
The Biden administration is admitting the 30,000 a month through the parole power, which is supposed to be for individual cases in which there is a “significant public benefit” or “urgent humanitarian reasons.” --->READ MORE HERE
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Texas leads 20 Republican states in suing Biden admin over migrant parole program
A coalition of 20 states and a top conservative legal group are suing the Biden administration over its recently expanded humanitarian parole program that allows tens of thousands of migrants from designated countries a month into the U.S., arguing that the program is unlawful.
The lawsuit, filed by Texas and America First Legal in the Southern District of Texas, is joined by 19 additional states who are seeking to block the Biden administration’s parole program, which allow up to 30,000 migrants from Haiti, Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela into the U.S. each month.
The Biden administration announced the program for Venezuelans in October, which allowed a limited number to fly directly into the U.S. as long as they had not entered illegally, had a sponsor in the U.S. already and passed certain checks.
Earlier this month, President Joe Biden announced that the program would be expanding to include Haitians, Nicaraguans and Cubans and that the program would allow up to 30,000 a month into the U.S. It allows for migrants to receive work permits and a two-year authorization to live in the U.S. and was announced alongside an expansion of Title 42 expulsions to include those nationalities.
"We anticipate this action is going to substantially reduce the number of people attempting to cross our southwest border without going through a legal process," he said.
"We can provide humanitarian relief consistent with our values, cut out vicious smuggling organizations, and enforce our laws," Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. "Individuals without a legal basis to remain in the United States will be subject to prompt expulsion or removal. Individuals who are provided a safe, orderly, and lawful path to the United States are less likely to risk their lives traversing thousands of miles in the hands of ruthless smugglers, only to arrive at our southern border and face the legal consequences of unlawful entry."
In the lawsuit led by Texas and America First Legal, the plaintiffs argue that the program is illegal given the "exceptionally limited" parole power available to the federal government. They note that up to 360,000 migrants could be allowed into the U.S. a year. --->READ MORE HERE
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