Fresh off wasting tens of millions of dollars on racist and transphobic ads that largely flopped during the midterm elections, noted white supremacist Stephen Miller and his America First Legal outfit have teamed up with very corrupt Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 19 GOP states to launch a lawsuit over the Biden administration’s new parole program for Cuban, Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Venezuelan migrants.
The parole program, announced earlier this month, allows asylum-seekers who have U.S. sponsors to apply for entry to the U.S. Just a handful of migrants have actually entered as of earlier this month, compared to the more than 100,000 Ukrainians who’ve entered under a similar parole program since last year. But did Miller and Paxton sue over that program? Nope. They sued over the one affecting Black and brown migrants.
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While I’m not going to rehash the claims made by this pack of degenerates (but you’re more than welcome to check out America First Legal’s release on your own here), I do want to note it includes a statement from America First Legal Vice President and General Counsel Gene Hamilton.
Hamilton and Miller have been buddy-buddy since working together for then-Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. When both joined the insurrectionist administration, they worked in unison to defend some of that administration’s most abhorrent decisions affecting immigrants, including rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, rescinding temporary protections from immigrants already in the U.S., and carrying out the family separation policy that stole thousands of children from parents at the border.
So you can see why these two are besties—and you can see why Ukrainians seem to have been spared from the attacks on the Biden administration’s perfectly legal decision to parole migrants into the U.S.
“Texas has filed more than 20 lawsuits in federal court against the Biden administration, many of them targeting the president’s immigration policies,” The Texas Tribune reported. “A majority of the lawsuits have been filed in courtrooms overseen by Trump-appointed judges,” a very purposeful move that can guarantee at least a temporary stop to policies while cases wind through the legal system. Because of where the lawsuit was filed, in the Southern District of Texas, which has ruled against Biden policy before, there’s a strong possibility the policy could be temporarily halted. It’s the anti-immigrant judicial pipeline.
American Immigration Council Policy Director Aaron Reichlin-Melnick notes that one of the states in the GOP coalition, Alaska, is suing is “on the grounds that ... ‘illegal aliens’ harm Alaska. That should be sanctionable. Won't be.” Where’s Judge Donald Middlebrooks when you need him?
”You won't be surprised to learn that I've just read through the entire complaint, and not ONCE do the plaintiffs states explain that the parole program was an integral part of the agreement permitting DHS admin to expel migrants to Mexico,” Reichlin-Melnick continued. Under the policy announced by the administration, 30,000 migrants per month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela will be allowed to apply so long as they have sponsor. But others will be expelled to Mexico under an expansion of Miller’s debunked Title 42 order.
“The GOP plaintiff states are furious that the Biden admin might allow some migrants to enter legally,” he continued. “The irony is that if they win and Mexico revokes its permission for the Title 42 expansion, MORE people would get in—except with no sponsors or vetting.” Then when that happens, Republicans can blame the Biden administration for what they actually did. It’s a nativist win-win.
Notably quiet are congressional Republicans who constantly rail about communist regimes elsewhere in the world. Many migrants from these regions have fled to the U.S. in search of refuge, and have ended up in states including Florida, which is among the states now suing. But Marco Rubio seems to have so far said nothing about his party attacking a program that could help many of these migrants seek safety here. Marco, if you’re not too busy tweeting Bible verses, what’re your thoughts? Do you stand with this white supremacist, or Cubans fleeing persecution?
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