The state of Texas is now leading twenty states to sue the Biden administration over its controversial policy for illegal immigration.
The states of Texas, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, and Kansas, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming are collectively suing the Biden administration for it’s latest immigration policies.
The Department of Homeland’s new program “unlawfully creates a de facto pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of aliens,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argues in this lawsuit, referring to President Biden’s latest plan announced on Jan. 5.
The plan intends to expand a parole system that would allow an additional 360,000 illegal immigrants to be released in the United States.
The state of Florida had first sued the administration on the day of the plan’s announcement. The Sunshine State lawsuit is currently in trial.
The Biden plan would effectively allow up to 30,000 Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans to illegally cross the US border every month at American taxpayer expense. Biden had initially claimed that immigrants entering the United States from the four countries would be returned to Mexico, as they were during the Trump administration.
However, the President’s plan allows these migrants to apply for a work permit that would allow them a two-year authorization to stay in the homeland. This came alongside the administration’s proposal to expand Title 42.
“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.” he added in his statement.
BREAKING: I’m leading a powerful 20-state coalition suing the Biden Admin to stop the implementation of their new & unlawful amnesty plan, which would invite hundreds of thousands of foreign aliens to reside in the United States every year. Read more:https://t.co/1YkRW9QnZV
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) January 24, 2023
The lawsuit alleges that the program is unlawful as it does not engage in the notice-and-comment rule-making required by the Administrative Procedure Act. It further argues that the states “face substantial irreparable harms from the Department’s abuse of its parole authority, which allow potentially hundreds of thousands of additional aliens to enter each of their already overwhelmed territories.” Arguing that the states are facing the additional cost of health care, education, and other social services for illegal migrants.
“Every state in America, especially border states like Texas, is being crushed by the impacts of illegal immigration,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Fox News Digital in a statement. “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.”
Truly an honor to partner with the incredible @KenPaxtonTX and nineteen other State Attorneys General across America to fight Biden’s open borders lawlessness. Read more at https://t.co/lbf1ysdxMn https://t.co/6kRsuiHuue
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) January 24, 2023
This lawsuit is the latest of several legal challenges to the Biden administration’s border and immigration policies. The administration is already fighting two separate challenges before the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) and another Republican-led lawsuit that seeks to challenge the administration’s limits on interior immigration enforcement.
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