Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday filed a multi-state lawsuit in the federal district court in Victoria.
Under the program, citizens of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela can apply for what is known as parole if they meet certain conditions. Applicants must have a sponsor in the US and pass background checks and background checks.
The US has said it will allow up to 30,000 people per month from these countries to enter the US by air as part of this process. Those who have been accepted will be allowed to stay for two years and have the right to work.
“We can provide humanitarian aid in line with our values, dismantle evil smuggling organizations, and enforce our laws to improve the security of our southwestern border by reducing illegal migration,” Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Majorcas said in early January.
At the same time, Biden administration officials stressed that there would be repercussions for migrants from those countries who crossed the border illegally.
“With immediate effect, citizens of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Haiti who attempt to cross our border without permission will be quickly deported to Mexico, which will receive the return of 30,000 people a month who did not use these new routes, or their home country. . “Majorcas said. “At the same time, we will welcome up to 30,000 people per month from these four countries to live and work safely here for two years.”
Paxton says the program is illegal and will effectively create a path to citizenship.
In a written statement Tuesday, he said the program would invite “hundreds of thousands of foreigners” to the US each year and would “only exacerbate the immigration crisis dramatically.”
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