Attorney General Ashley Moody News Release
|January 24, 2023
Contact: Kylie Mason
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Attorney General Moody Takes Multistate Action Against President Biden’s New Unlawful Parole Program
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody is taking action to stop President Joe Biden’s latest unlawful immigration move—Biden wants to stop illegal immigration by attempting to legalize unlawful entry for hundreds of thousands of immigrants. Just days before Attorney General Moody took Biden to court for refusing to enforce federal immigration laws, the president announced a new parole program that could allow up to 30,000 previously inadmissible immigrants into the U.S. monthly. Attorney General Moody and other state attorneys general are taking swift action to stop this latest unlawful immigration program.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “As we prepared to take Biden to court over his unlawful catch-and-release policies, the president announced yet another reckless attempt to continue flooding the country with massive waves of illegal immigrants. Biden’s new solution to his self-created crisis at the border is to allow illegal immigrants to travel directly into the interior of the country without crossing the southern border—in direct violation of federal law. His unlawful actions will not go unchecked, and we will continue to fight in court to force this president to follow public-safety immigration laws.”
On Jan. 5, Biden and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the creation of a new parole program for citizens of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Instead of attempting to cross the border on land, this program allows up to 30,000 immigrants per month to apply for advance authorization from the U.S. to enter for up to two years with permission to work.
In a complaint to enjoin Biden and DHS from implementing the program, the attorneys general argue that the president’s action goes against federal law. Congress limited the parole power of the president under 8 U.S.C. 1182(d)(5). It can be used only on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.
The complaint states: “The program established by the Department fails each of those limiting factors. It is not case-by-case, is not for urgent humanitarian reasons, and advances no significant public benefit. Instead, it amounts to the creation of a new visa program that allows hundreds of thousands of aliens to enter the United States who otherwise have no basis for doing so. This flouts, rather than follows, the clear limitations imposed by Congress.”
Additionally, the Biden administration instituted the program without engaging in the usual notice and comment rulemaking process required by law.
In addition to Attorney General Moody, the following state attorneys general signed onto the complaint: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
To read a copy of the complaint, click here.
Biden made this announcement just days before the trial began in Attorney General Moody’s case against Biden’s catch-and-release policies. Attorney General Moody sued DHS for failing to follow federal law and detain inadmissible immigrants until the immigrants are repatriated to their home country, as is required under the Immigration and Nationality Act. To learn more, click here.