Paxton sues Biden Administration to stop program allowing hundreds of thousands of aliens entry into the country every year

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — A multi-state coalition, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Biden Administration over a new program that the group says creates a de facto pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of aliens.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is running the program, and Paxton says in a release that it establishes a new visa system that would allow up to 360,000 aliens from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela to be “paroled” into the United States every year.

“Every state in America, especially border states like Texas, is being crushed by the impacts of illegal immigration,” said Attorney General Paxton. “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.”

Paxton says Congress has authorized parole only for foreign aliens who meet very specific standards that have not been met in this instance. Contrary to existing law, this program creates a pathway for program participants to apply from their home country and gain lawful status to enter and stay in the U.S. for up to two years, or even longer. 

The lawsuit accuses the Biden Administration of moving ahead with the program without engaging in the usual notice and comment rule-making process required by law. Paxton says this constitutes another episode in which the Administration has abused its executive authority in pursuit of its objective for immigration policy, which open borders and amnesty for everyone.