FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today, 20 red states and Stephen Miller’s America First Legal filed a lawsuit challenging the parole program President Biden announced earlier this month that gives Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans a shot at safety in the U.S. The following is a statement by Karen Tumlin, Founder and Director of Justice Action Center:
“Yet again, Stephen Miller and a group of red state attorneys general are unashamedly attacking a program that would give people fleeing for their lives a chance at protection. The parole program announced just weeks ago provided a sliver of hope for asylum seekers locked out by Title 42 and the unjust lack of access to asylum.
Though this lawsuit mentions the parole program for Ukraine as a model for the one of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, the red states did not challenge that program or attack parole authority when used for Ukrainians. It is unmistakable that their qualms with providing access to protection and freedom are squarely focused on Black and Indigenous people. This relentless attempt to misuse the judicial system to propel white nationalism and maintain an exclusionary status quo is abhorrent. These attorneys general are using the courts to enact their white supremacist vision for this country. Freedom and protection must not be afforded to only white communities, but to all seeking a better life.”
To learn more about this and other red state legal challenges to immigrant inclusive policies, visit litigationtracker.justiceactioncenter.org.