The Biden administration is being sued over one of its immigration policies.
21-GOP-led states are suing and the trial began on Thursday.
The policy allows for 30,000 migrants to enter the United States every month from South America and the Caribbean.
Red states are taking President Biden’s administration to court over an immigration policy that lets up to 30,000 migrants into the U.S. every month from South America and the Caribbean.
Texas, along with 21 other GOP-led states, will begin court proceedings in federal court near Houston on Thursday. The states are challenging Biden’s humanitarian parole program, which allows residents of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela to apply for a two-year work stay in the U.S.
Texas argues the program is an overreach by the Biden administration and an unlawful strain on their resources. They also say the federal government is overusing its statutory parole authority, which is supposed to be used “only on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.”
U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, will preside over Thursday’s trial.
The program has allowed over 200,000 migrants to enter the United States.
67,926 Haitians, 58,918 Venezuelans, 43,149 Cubans, and 30,736 Nicaraguans have come to the United States due to the policy.
A Biden administration program that has allowed more than 200,000 migrants from Latin America and Haiti with American sponsors to fly to the U.S. in 10 months is facing a key legal test this week as a federal judge in Texas reviews its legality.
The outcome of the lawsuit will determine the fate of a key component of the Biden administration border management strategy, which pairs programs that allow certain migrants to enter the U.S. legally if they wait to be vetted with stricter asylum rules for those who cross into the country illegally.
As of Aug. 22, U.S. officials at airports have processed 200,279 migrants under the sponsor initiative, allowing them to live and work in the country legally for two years through an immigration law known as parole, according to internal government data obtained by CBS News. The statistics, which have not been previously reported, show that 67,926 Haitians, 58,918 Venezuelans, 43,149 Cubans and 30,736 Nicaraguans have arrived under the policy.