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Members of Congress Demand Senators Reject Compromises on Immigrants’ Rights in Ongoing Border Negotiations
On Wednesday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) called attention to the Biden Administration’s abuse of immigration parole. Parole is intended to be used on a case-by-case basis and should only be granted in circumstances of urgent humanitarian need or significant public benefit.
Former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump paroled – on average – 5,623 migrants into the United States each year.
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, President Biden paroled 795,561 migrants. In FY 2023 he has already paroled 802,764 migrants and that total does not include the 4th quarter. It is likely the Biden Administration will have paroled approximately 1.2 million migrants in FY 2023 when final figures are available.
GRAHAM: “On average, Presidents Obama and Trump paroled 5,623 people [per year]. Last year, FY22, the Biden Administration paroled 795,561 people. The law requires an individual analysis of the parole request based on two factors, unique humanitarian need or special benefit to our country. There is no way in hell they did an individual analysis on 795,561 people.” https://www.youtube.com/live/ZT0wdo4fqXc?si=o_dhLfOIJUTe-PBU&t=29
Immigration Advocates Demand Senators Reject Compromises on Immigrants’ Rights
On Thursday, January 18 at 10 a.m. ET, Caucus Chairs, leading House Democrats, and immigration advocates will hold a press conference in response to reports that Senate negotiators are considering reinstating Trump-era anti-immigrant policies, even as Speaker Mike Johnson stated he would reject any border deal that does not include H.R. 2., an extreme border policy already passed by House Republicans.
During the press conference, speakers will call on Senators to reject any compromises on immigrants’ rights, including anti-immigrant proposals that would gut our asylum system, separate families, and send vulnerable people back to danger.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Nanette Barragán (CA-44)
Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair and CAPAC Immigration Task Force Co-Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)
Congressional Black Caucus First Vice Chair Yvette Clarke (NY-09)
Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (NM-03)
Rep. Maxwell Frost (FL-10)
Rep. Melanie Stansbury (NM-01)
Ornela Medom, asylum applicant and CASA member