AG joins trial over Biden’s Central America immigration program | 406 Politics
Montana is among eight states that sued the federal government last week over an immigration scheme allowing children and some family members from parts of Central America to join relatives living legally or seeking asylum. in the USA.
Montana joined Texas, Alaska, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma in asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to declare the Central American Miners’ Program, or CAM Program, unconstitutional.
The states argue that the program, designed to bring children and caregivers from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to the United States to join parents living here legally, was created unilaterally and then expanded under President Joe Biden rather than authorized by Congress. States allege harm in terms of public services provided to immigrants living illegally in the country.
“Insofar as it provides benefits beyond those legally provided by the refugee admissions program, the CAM program is an illegal figment of the Biden administration’s imagination, never authorized by Congress,” says the trial.
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El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are known as the “Northern Triangle” of Central America. The United Nations calls the region “one of the most dangerous places on Earth”, due to gang violence, extortion, persecution and sexual violence. More than 500,000 people have migrated from these countries in recent years and another 250,000 have been internally displaced, according to the UN.
The CAM program was created in 2014 and allows children to join their parents living legally in the United States and be designated as refugees. In 2017, the program was halted by the Trump administration, but was later reauthorized by Biden last year. The program now includes an allowance for a parent or guardian of a child to come as well. It also expands those eligible to relatives in the United States who are seeking asylum but have not yet been granted asylum.
“Strengthening collaborative migration management, which includes the creation of legal pathways, including CAM, is one of the pillars of the presidential plan for a fair, orderly and humane immigration system,” the administration told The Hill in September.
Expanding the program to include those who have not yet been granted refugee status or parole and who are still seeking asylum invites abuse of the program, according to the state.
“No sovereign nation would reward those who break the law by allowing overseas family members to join them in living illegally in sovereign territory, especially with the assistance of the government itself,” the lawsuit states.
Attorney General Austin Knudsen pointed to increased immigration at the US-Mexico border and tens of thousands of asylum seekers there. The situation consumed resources, including the Border Patrol, to search for drugs, he said, calling it “willful neglect at best” on the part of the administration.
“We are in the midst of an unprecedented border crisis that is bringing illegal drugs and overdoses, human trafficking and violent crime to communities in Montana,” he said in a statement. “President Biden’s own DHS secretary says the border crisis is as bad as it has been in decades, and maybe ever. The Biden administration’s Central American Miners Program further compounds the problem by encouraging illegal immigration to the United States.
Last November, Knudsen was one of three attorneys general to sue the administration over its guidelines for deciding when to deport immigrants living in the country illegally. The administration limited deportations to those with certain aggravating circumstances, such as posing a threat to national security, public safety or border security.
Tom Kuglin is deputy editor of the Lee Newspapers State Bureau. Its coverage focuses on the outdoors, recreation and natural resources.