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The newly elected governor of Arkansas, Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is starting off her administration on the right foot.
She has joined 19 other Republican governors in their efforts to stave off a parole program for migrants proposed by the Biden administration.
The proposed program was introduced by the Department of Homeland Security and will allow 360,000 people to come into the U.S. from Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela each year.
President Biden claims that by implementing the program, there will be a substantial reduction in the number of people trying to come into the country illegally.
According to a report by Reuters:
“Led by the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the states filed a complaint in Victoria, Texas federal court claiming the program announced earlier this month violates stringent criteria established by federal immigration law for allowing individuals into the United States who would otherwise not be eligible for entry, known as paroling. Federal law allows the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to offer parole on a case-by-case basis, and only for humanitarian reasons or public benefit, according to the complaint. But the new program unlawfully allows individuals who do not meet that bar to receive the benefit, the states said.”
The parole program was announced in conjunction with the expansion of Title 42 which allows people from those same countries to be rapidly removed from the country. Seems to be somewhat of a contradiction.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said, when speaking about the parole program, “We can provide humanitarian relief consistent with our values, cut out vicious smuggling organizations, and enforce our laws.”
He explained, “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.”
It’s difficult to say which programs would be effective due to the current invasion at the border created by the open invitation the Biden administration put out two years ago.
The lawsuit brought by the states says, “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 governors involved in the suit claim that their states “face substantial irreparable harms from the Department’s abuse of its parole authority, which allows potentially hundreds of thousands of additional aliens to enter each of their already overwhelmed territories.”
The lawsuit equates this program to a new visa program. It will allow hundreds of thousands of foreigners to enter the country for no reason, unlike a legitimate asylum claim.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Fox News, that every state in the country is feeling the effects of illegal immigration, especially border states like Texas and Arizona.
He also pointed out the humanitarian crisis that Biden’s open border policy has created. Crime and violence have increased. Drugs and people are being trafficked. Communities are overwhelmed.