January 26, 2023

Biden Immigrant Parole Program Backlash

Twenty states sue DHS over its unconstitutional “humanitarian” expansion.

It is not news that we have an illegal immigration crisis going on at our southern border. A crisis that was entirely engineered by the Biden administration. You may recall that a few weeks ago, the president deigned to visit the border and give a speech that “addressed” the immigration problem states were facing. In that speech, Joe Biden announced that there would be an expansion in the humanitarian parole program with a corresponding enforcement of expulsions under Title 42.

The humanitarian parole program allows for up to 30,000 migrants a month from Haiti, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela to enter the U.S. for work visas that are good for two years. The hope is to dissuade migrants from crossing the border illegally.

Since Biden took office, Border Patrol has recorded more than 5.2 million encounters with illegal immigrants. As our Nate Jackson reported two weeks ago: “Abbott and other governors along the Mexican border represent the American citizens on the front lines of Biden’s intentional invasion. They have every right to be outraged by Biden’s dereliction of duty, and no three-hour photo op at the border is going to fix that. Neither is slapping the ‘legal’ label on every border crosser and announcing ‘problem solved.’”

This “fix” is actually illegal. Twenty states and a conservative legal group — America First Legal — led by beleaguered Texas have filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s overreach.

The federal government has very limited power when it comes to humanitarian parole. People are granted that privilege on a case-by-base basis. There is no way a potential of 360,000 migrants a year qualify under that purview. This mass visa program cannot be put into action without the approval of Congress.

The specific allegation in the lawsuit is as follows:

The parole program established by the Department fails each of the law’s three limiting factors. It is not case-by-case, is not for urgent humanitarian reasons, and advances no significant public benefit. Instead, it amounts to the creation of a new visa program that allows hundreds of thousands of aliens to enter the United States who otherwise have no basis for doing so. This flouts, rather than follows, the clear limits imposed by Congress.

The plight of the border states is clear. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated the matter plainly: “Every state in America, especially border states like Texas, is being crushed by the impacts of illegal immigration. The Biden open borders agenda has created a humanitarian crisis that is increasing crime and violence in our streets, overwhelming local communities, and worsening the opioid crisis. This unlawful amnesty program, which will invite hundreds of thousands of aliens into the U.S. every year, will only make this immigration crisis drastically worse.”

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is the main champion of this “migrant laundering.” His “solution” isn’t even as bad as putting a Band-Aid on a bullet wound; it’s merely inflicting another bullet wound, just on a different part of the body.

Is the lawsuit the final nail in Mayorkas’s coffin? Is an impeachment on the horizon for the DHS secretary who’s just following orders?

Only time will tell.

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