Texas joins multi-state lawsuit against Biden administration’s immigration program

Texas joins multi-state lawsuit against Biden administration’s immigration program

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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January 31, 2022

Republican attorneys general in eight states Friday filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to halt a Biden administration program that allows children of legal immigrants from Central America living in the United States to reunite with their parents or legal guardians — including those who have pending asylum claims.

Texas AG Ken Paxton joins the attorneys general of Arkansas, Alaska, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, and Oklahoma in a lawsuit against the Central American Minors Program. Claiming that the program “defies common sense,” the attorneys general say the Biden administration doesn’t have authority to run the program because it wasn’t approved by Congress. They also argue the program places a financial burden on their states because they have to provide services to the children such as education and health care.

“No sovereign nation would reward those who break the law by allowing overseas family members to join them in living illegally in sovereign territory, especially with the help of the government itself,” the attorneys general wrote. “It would undermine national sovereignty and be fundamentally unfair to those who seek legal immigration avenues and patiently await the opportunity to immigrate to the United States.”

According to the US State Department, the program began in 2014 during the Obama administration to “give at-risk children in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras the opportunity to come to the United States as refugees.” The program began a two-phase reopening on March 10 last year after being halted in 2017 under former President Donald Trump’s administration. The Biden administration has since expanded it to include children of legal guardians and parents who have pending asylum claims.

“The Biden administration has wreaked nothing but disaster on our country through its illegal and unconstitutional immigration policies,” said Texas Attorney General Paxton, who has targeted the Biden administration with numerous lawsuits over the course of the past year. “Biden’s latest string of flagrant violations of law includes his program for Central American minors, which contributed significantly to many states being forced to take in even more foreigners. My fellow prosecutors generals and I are suing to stop him.”

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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