CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey this week joined 22 other attorneys general in an amicus brief, urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to deny the Biden administration’s bid to stay a preliminary injunction against the parole of illegal migrants into the United States.
“The Biden administration might as well put a ‘we’re open’ sign up along our borders,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This is callous, dangerous and most of all against the law.”
“Time and again this administration shows its utter disregard for the safety and wellbeing of Americans.”
The program is known as Parole with Conditions in Limited Circumstances Prior to the Issuance of a Charging Document (PWC)—the Biden administration has said in light of the crisis at the border, it was authorized to parole illegal migrants into the United States so long as they promise to complete their processing paperwork by mail within 60 days.
Recently, a U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction against the policy. The Biden administration requested a stay be imposed to block that order.
The coalition argues the policy “violates federal immigration law, exacerbates an unprecedented dangerous crisis at the southwest land border, and will contribute to the ongoing uncontrolled influx of aliens …,” according to the brief.
As a matter of fact, the federal judge who issued the injunction wrote that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is violating the mandatory detention required in federal immigration law by releasing migrants “en masse through various, non-detention policies, including the Parole+ATD policy and the exercise of ‘prosecutorial discretion.’”
Attorney General Morrisey joined the Virginia-led brief with Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.