20 States Sue to Block Biden’s Immigrant Sponsorship Program
President Biden recently announced a new immigrant sponsorship program aimed at reducing the number of illegal border crossings and managing the ongoing border crisis. Under the program, up to 30,000 eligible migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela can enter the U.S. legally each month if they have American sponsors who file a Financial Support Declaration through the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) online mobile app, CBP One.
The migrants will be granted humanitarian immigration authority, known as parole, which allows them to live and work legally in the U.S. The parole can be renewed through a process called Re-Parole, potentially allowing these individuals to remain in the U.S. for years with legal status and work authorization.
The Biden administration believes that this program, along with increased removal of illegal migrants, will help to address the historic border crisis. According to CBS News, the daily average of migrants stopped after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has decreased by over 40% since the program was announced in early January 2023.
However, a coalition of 20 Republican-controlled states, led by Texas, has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the program. The states argue that the sponsorship policy illegally expands the scope of the parole authority and that officials should have allowed for public comment before implementation. They claim that the parole authority can only be used in exceptional cases.
At Shepelsky Law Group, we understand the complexities of immigration law and the importance of staying informed about current events and changes to immigration policy. Our experienced immigration attorneys are dedicated to providing the latest information and guidance to those seeking a path to legal residency and citizenship in the U.S.
If you have questions or concerns about the immigrant sponsorship program, or any other aspect of immigration law, contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys. We are here to help you navigate the immigration process and achieve your goals.