The White House has unveiled a new parole program that aims to circumvent immigration policy by connecting illegal aliens married to U.S. citizens with benefits for legal immigrants. 

Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement today labeling the policy as illegal and condemning the Biden administration’s actions. 

“President Biden’s mass amnesty announcement is blatantly illegal and is a desperate pandering for votes in his failing reelection bid,” Abbott said in a Tuesday press release. “President Biden’s amnesty proposal, just like President Obama’s DAPA and DACA proposals, will be stricken down by the courts for a simple reason: it is Congress, not the President, that has the authority to make or change immigration laws.”

Abbott also explained that “Rather than solving the border crisis he caused, President Biden’s mass amnesty will be another magnet to attract migrants to flood across our border illegally. President Biden needs to stop rewriting immigration law and start enforcing it.”

The governor described the new policy as “gaslighting” the American people by initially issuing an ineffective executive order pretending to secure the border, then offering amnesty to over half a million illegal aliens already in the country who are married to U.S. citizens. 

“President Biden’s reckless policies have already allowed over 11 million illegal immigrants—including dangerous criminals, gang members, and terrorists—into America. Our country can’t survive four more years of these dangerous open border policies,” he concluded.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the de facto parole-in-place program is yet another example of presidential overreach and abuse of the narrowly tailored parole authority being used to grant massive numbers of illegal aliens legal residence. 

The Center for Immigration Studies’ Andrew Arthur writes “Any system in which illegal entrants are rewarded to the detriment of foreign nationals doing it ‘the right way’ is a bad one, and that is what the administration is setting up. Expect more than a fair share of fraud that overwhelmed USCIS adjudicators won’t be able to stop, too.”

He concludes that the program for alien spouses is just the beginning, “and the vanguard of a much larger amnesty.”

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.