Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) alongside Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) introduced a bill Thursday to make migrant resettlement more transparent. The bill would require the Department Human Health Services and the Department of Homeland Security to clear all migrant resettlements with governors and mayors before the migrants arrive.
This call for more transparency comes after reports of migrant resettlements in Tennessee, without the knowledge of any of the aforementioned lawmakers. “In Tennessee, the Biden Administration was caught,” Sen. Blackburn said in a statement. As a result, they saw the bill as a precautionary safety measure.
Should the bill pass, both HHS and DHS would have to report to local authorities on the number of migrants and the location of the resettlements. Then, they would also have to report on the educational and workforce resources given to the migrants.
“Federal transparency with state and local officials is always important in our republic, but it’s particularly critical during the ongoing crisis on the border,” Rep. Fleischmann said. After all, according to Sen. Hagerty, this could become an epidemic that affects many American citizens.
“President Biden’s border crisis has turned every town into a border town,” Hagerty said.
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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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