Sen. John Cornyn announced plans Monday to force a vote in Congress to overturn President Biden’s new “parole” program, which seeks to admit migrants outside of the usual process established under immigration law.
Mr. Biden forged his program earlier this year in an attempt to cut down on illegal immigration, figuring he could convert those illegal immigrants to legal entrants by paroling them into the country and giving them a two-year permission to remain without fear of deportation.
Mr. Cornyn, Texas Republican, said the program is probably illegal — and bad policy, as well.
“The president’s policies are attracting more and more illegal immigration — what the Border Patrol calls ‘pull factors.’ In other words, the perception that there are no consequences associated with coming here outside of legal immigration channels,” Mr. Cornyn said on Fox News.
Mr. Cornyn said he’ll introduce legislation under the Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress a potential veto over executive branch actions.
The parole program has proved to be deeply controversial. It allows tens of thousands of would-be migrants from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua to apply for permission to enter at a set time.