Twenty “Republican” states demanded suspension of migrant support program
Twenty U.S. states controlled by Republicans, appealed to a federal judge with a demand to suspend the program of financial support for migrants, reports television channel CBS News with reference to the court document.
Earlier, U.S. President Joe Biden announced his intention to send additional forces to the southern border and ordered to expand the practice of expedited deportation of illegal migrants, but at the same time offered to legally let into the country every month 30,000 people from Nicaragua, Venezuela, Cuba and Haiti. Another innovation would be an online pre-registration system that would streamline the arrival of migrants at border checkpoints to apply for asylum.
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming all participated in the class action, according to court documents. The coalition is led by the state of Texas.
According to the lawsuit, a coalition of dissenting states from Biden’s immigration policy claims that the sponsorship policy illegally expands the scope of parole authority, which can only be used in exceptional cases. The states also said officials should have allowed public input on the program before it was implemented.
In 2022, the number of undocumented immigrants attempting to to enter the U.S. reached nearly 2.4 million, compared to 450,000 two years earlier.