(FiveNation.com)- The Biden administration recently expanded the parole program, allowing “up to 30,000 qualified nationals each month” from Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Haiti to remain in the US and work while they wait for their immigration hearings.
Because the Republicans have failed to support his mass immigration ideas, Biden argued he had the authority to increase immigration levels. The only option left to me, Biden added, “is to act alone, to do as much as I can alone to attempt to alter the climate.”
On Tuesday, a group of 20 Republican states, headed by Texas, sued President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in federal court to stop it from extending the “catch and release” of border crossers into the United States.
Using the soon-to-expire Title 42 border barrier, the proposal would prevent illegal immigration while simultaneously issuing 360,000 “parole” tickets to let prospective immigrants remain and work in the country.
The extension of the parole program, according to the Republican state attorneys general, goes well beyond what the law permits and is improperly carried out in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.
According to the lawsuit, the Department’s created parole scheme disobeys the three legal requirements. It does not promote any meaningful public advantage, is not case-by-case, and is not done for urgent humanitarian reasons. Instead, it amounts to the establishment of a new visa scheme that enables thousands of foreigners to enter the country who would not otherwise be eligible to do so. This ignores the obvious restrictions set by Congress.
The Department established this illegal program without following the Administrative Procedure Act’s notice-and-comment rulemaking process; instead, it used its unilateral decision to admit hundreds of thousands of immigrants who would not otherwise be allowed to enter the country.
RJ Hauman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), described the parole increase as “one of the most egregious and unconstitutional abuses of humanitarian parole power in our nation’s history.”
The recently expanded parole program is a prime example of an unconstitutional usurpation of power by a president who is hell-bent on disobeying or subverting immigration laws, according to Hauman. It is one of the most egregious and unlawful abuses of humanitarian parole authority in the history of our country.
The Biden administration’s priority is to let as many individuals as possible into the country.