Mayorkas Says Migrant Flights Key to Border Strategy Post Legal Victory

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( – Alejandro Mayorkas, the Homeland Security Secretary, has expressed support for a controversial policy that would enable up to 30,000 migrants to enter the United States each month. As he argued in his defense of the policy which managed to survive a lawsuit, this was a “key element” of the border strategy followed by the federal administration. 

Last year, the program which allows Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, Cubans, and Haitians to enter the United States faced a lawsuit brought forward by 20 Republican-led states which argued that it was unlawful. However, Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton who had previously struck down several Biden administration policies, ruled in favor of the federal administration. 

The policy was first introduced in October 2022. At the time it only allowed a limited number of Venezuelans to enter the country through a flight so long as they had a U.S. sponsor, could pass some checks, and had not illegally entered into the country. 

In January 2023, the administration announced that there was an expansion of the program and that Cubans, Nicaraguans, and Haitians could also benefit. As part of this expansion up to 30,000 would be allowed to enter the United States monthly. The program also provides work permits and a two-year authorization to live in the United States to immigrants. The announcement was at the time of the expulsion of Title 42. 

However, in their lawsuits, the states had claimed that the program was illegal given the “exceptionally limited” parole power that Congress allowed to the federal government. It was further noted that the authority needed to be used on a “case-by-case basis” in urgent cases. 

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