Following the reports of historic immigration numbers, governors from Arizona to New Hampshire wrote a letter Tuesday calling on President Biden and Vice President Harris “to take action on the crisis at the southern border immediately.” In total, 20 governors signed the plea to the administration.
The border saw a 20-year monthly high in total immigration, with 172,000 encounters in March alone, and an all-time monthly high in child immigration with 18,890 unaccompanied children encounters. While Biden has claimed that this is the season for high immigration numbers, these governors write it “is entirely due to reckless federal policy reversals executed within your first 100 days in office.”
Even Mexican President Andrés Manuel López puts the blame on Biden. He has said that migrants see Biden as “the migrant president.”
Signatures included that of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Idaho Governor Brad Little, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, Missouri Governor Greg Parsons, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Utah Governor Spencer Cox, and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon.
Many of these governors aren’t from border states, but felt the need to tell the Biden administration they won’t be helping with the “heartbreaking” situation. “Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services called upon many of our states to identify potential housing locations for migrants,” the letter read. But, the governors responded, “we have neither the resources nor the obligation to solve the federal government’s problem and foot the bill for the consequences of this Administration’s misguided actions.”
Governors are also calling for action because the crisis has “threatened the safety of American citizens.” The letter cites a report from Customs and Border Protection, that showed a 233% increase in the seizure of fentanyl since January 2020.
Of all 19 governors, Utah Governor Cox will be meeting with Biden Tuesday. The purpose of their meeting is to discuss vaccination rates.
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20 states suing Biden administration over migrant parole program
President Joe Biden has expanded a humanitarian parole program leading to a significant increase of migrants entering the United States illegally each month. As a result, 20 states have geared up to sue the Biden administration.
Tuesday, 20 Republican states and conservative legal group America First Legal, announced their plans to sue the White House over the legality of the administration’s parole program. The program “allows up to 30,000 migrants from Haiti, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela into the homeland each month” reports Foreign Desk News.
Reports shoot the lawsuit was filed by Texas, the America First Legal and the other states in the Southern District of Texas in hopes to block the parole program.
Foreign Desk News reports of the history:
In October, the administration announced the program for Venezuelans, allowing a limited number to fly directly into the U.S. as long as they had not entered illegally, had a sponsor already, and passed certain checks. In early January, President Biden announced that the program would expand to include Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Cubans, allowing up to 30,000 a month into the U.S.
The program also allows migrants to receive work permits and a two-year authorization to live in the U.S. and was announced alongside an expansion of Title 42 expulsions to include those nationalities.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs argue that the program is unlawful given the “exceptionally limited” parole power the federal government has, adding that they have up to 360,000 migrants that could be allowed into the homeland a year.
The suit’s focus is on the limits placed on parole by Congress, saying that the authority is to be used on a “case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.”
“Every state in America, especially border states like Texas, is being crushed by the impacts of illegal immigration,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
“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.”
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