Case challenging Biden administration's humanitarian parole programs heads to court this summer

By Alisa Reznick
Published: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - 7:35am

A lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s parole programs for certain immigrants is headed to court this summer.

The new programs were introduced by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas earlier this year.

Under them, Cubans, Nicaraguans, Haitians and Venezuelans can apply in limited numbers to come to the U.S. on humanitarian parole for two years. They must have a U.S. sponsor, money for airfare and other requirements.

Alejandro Mayorkas
Department Of Homeland Security
Alejandro Mayorkas

The Biden administration also announced those nationalities would be subject to the pandemic-era border restriction Title 42 for the first time, meaning they’d be turned away from entering the U.S. if they came to the border.

The administration said both measures were a way to dissuade border migration. Still, GOP-led states filed suit, arguing the parole programs had been enacted illegally. 

The case will head to court in June.

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