Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 4, 2024

'Severe Impact': Texas GOP Outraged by Migrant Parole Program Amid Border Woes

Tensions are rising among Texas Republicans who are voicing strong opposition to a migrant parole program administered by the Biden administration.

This program permits individuals from four specific nationalities to enter the United States, intensifying the political and social atmosphere in Texas, as Fox News reports.

Since its inception, the parole program has become a major point of contention, with GOP members arguing that it sidesteps traditional legal immigration systems and heightens existing challenges in major Texan cities such as Houston, Dallas, and Austin.

The program, initially targeting Venezuelans starting October 2022, expanded in January 2023 to include migrants from Haiti, Nicaragua, and Cuba. This policy allows up to 30,000 individuals each month to receive work permits and a two-year residency in the U.S., with over 400,000 arrivals recorded by February 2024, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Republican Criticism and National Security Concerns

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, a Texas Republican, has been vocal about the impacts on Texas and broader U.S. immigration policy. He describes the situation as an additional layer to an already complex issue, expressing concerns over the program’s contribution to what he terms as an “invasion at our southern border.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, also from Texas, echoes this sentiment. He criticizes President Joe Biden's administration for what he calls "the reason why every American city is now a border city." Cruz argues that the administration's policies, particularly the CHNV parole program, actively push the border crisis further into the interior of the country, undermining national security daily.

In response to queries about the program's appropriateness, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas provided a succinct "No" during an appearance on The Brian Kilmeade Show.

Support and Defense from the DHS

Despite the backlash, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas defends the parole program. He touts it as a controlled, orderly method to manage migration, suggesting that it serves as a model for other countries grappling with similar migration challenges.

The program includes stringent security vetting processes, according to Mayorkas, who believes it significantly aids in addressing unprecedented migration levels across the hemisphere.

However, the opinions among Texas's political leaders remain sharply divided. Roy has criticized the federal government for abandoning its duties, emphasizing that this perceived neglect forces states and governors to take independent action to manage the impacts of federal policies on their jurisdictions.

The Ongoing Debate and Texas’ Role

The debate over the parole program and its implications continues to be a focal point in U.S. politics, particularly as it affects Texas, a state with a significant portion of the U.S.-Mexico border. From January to August 2023, around 200,000 migrants utilized this entry pathway, with over 10,000 directed towards Texas airports specifically.

This influx has prompted discussions about the effectiveness and consequences of the federal approach to immigration, especially in border states already burdened by significant migrant arrivals. Over 2.4 million migrant encounters were recorded last fiscal year, highlighting the scale of the challenge.

The discourse is not likely to subside, as the impact on local communities and the broader implications for U.S. immigration policy remain critical topics for all stakeholders involved. The complexity and intensity of the situation suggest that debates and discussions will persist as policymakers, community leaders, and citizens grapple with the realities of a changing immigration landscape.

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