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Legal Challenge Arises Against Biden’s Immigration Approach Granting Temporary Status to Thousands

The Humanitarian Parole Program: Offering Temporary Residency and Employment Opportunities in the U.S. to Thousands from Latin America and the Caribbean


WASHINGTON, DC- A policy by the Biden administration that permits people from Latin America and the Caribbean to temporarily reside and work in the U.S. is facing legal challenges from Republican-leaning states. This humanitarian parole program, launched in January, allows up to 30,000 individuals from countries such as Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela to enter the U.S. monthly for urgent humanitarian or public benefit reasons. Participants can stay up to two years, undergo background checks, and require financial sponsorship.

Around 160,000 migrants have entered through this program by June’s end. 21 Republican-leaning states have contested its legality, asserting that it bypasses Congress and essentially establishes a new visa system. The challenge will be heard by District Judge Drew Tipton in Texas.

Advocates include seven U.S. citizens sponsoring program participants, represented by immigrant rights groups. One sponsor, Eric Sype, supports a Nicaraguan family affected by natural disasters and political turmoil, emphasizing the program’s importance in a broken immigration system.

This initiative is part of the Biden administration’s efforts to expand legal pathways for immigrants fleeing instability, distinct from the Republican challenge in Texas. The Department of Homeland Security cites these efforts as instrumental in reducing southern border crossings. Challengers argue the program oversteps statutory parole authority and strains state resources, but supporters, like Esther Sung of the Justice Action Center, assert its necessity in a challenging immigration landscape.



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