Saturday, January 29, 2022

Eight States Challenge President Biden's Reinstatement of the Central American Minors Refugee and Parole Program


Official photo of the Office of the Texas Attorney General

The Biden administration has been looking for ways of regularizing migration from Central America and undoing some of President Trump's policy measures.  

A similar phenomenon occurred during the Trump years.  When he was California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, now President Biden's Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sued the Trump administration, challenging its immigration and other policies.  Now the Biden administration is getting a taste of that medicine.

Erin Brady for Newsweek reports that 

"Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched his twentieth lawsuit against the administration of President Joe Biden, and it has the backing of seven other states.

The lawsuit is against the reinstatement of the Central American Minors Refugee and Parole Program, otherwise known as CAM. With the policy put back into place after being repealed by former President Donald Trump, it will allow certain minors from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala into the United States and will be put onto the path of permanent citizenship."

This press release from Texas Attorney General described the lawsuit as follows:

"Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that he, along with seven other state attorneys general, filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration for its abuse of the Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee and Parole Program.

The CAM program provides certain aliens in the United States the ability to secure protected status after entering the country illegally. Then, the aliens can petition the government to bring in extended family members from Honduras, El Salvador, or Guatemala. There is no authority in federal law for this sort of program.

`The Biden Administration has sown nothing but disaster for our country through its illegal, unconstitutional immigration policies,' Attorney General Paxton said. `Biden’s latest round of flagrant law-breaking includes his Central American Minors Program, which has contributed significantly to many states being forced to take in even more aliens. My fellow attorneys general and I are suing to stop it.'

In addition to its abuse of the CAM program, the Biden Administration has, since it came to power a year ago, attempted to freeze deportations, stop border wall construction, cease arrests and deportations of broad categories of aliens, and terminate the Remain-in-Mexico program. Attorney General Paxton has sued Biden on all these matters—and more.

The states joining Texas are Arkansas, Alaska, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, and Oklahoma.

To read the complaint click here."


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I made a more comprehensive proposal several months before Obama established the CAM program. The problem with Obama's program, and Biden's version, is that it is limited to children….and only to children with qualified family members in the US. It should be open to all children who have persecution claims…and adults too for that matter.

Posted by: Rappaport Nolan | Jan 29, 2022 5:01:45 PM

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