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October 19, 2023

IRLI shows that streamlining mass migration through an app doesn’t make it legal

 WASHINGTON—The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) has filed a brief in a North Dakota federal district court supporting a lawsuit by ­a group of states against another Biden administration mass-migration app. This one—like the app for citizens of four specific countries that IRLI showed was unlawful in an earlier case, now at trial—allows would-be illegal aliens in the rest of the world to schedule their crossing into America with Border Patrol, at which point they will be granted parole and released into our country.  

The point of these programs, the administration claims, is to make what it calls “irregular migration”—the mass influx of illegal entries over the border—into “regular migration.” But, as IRLI shows in its brief, there is nothing in this program that makes this app-fueled migration regular, in the sense of law-abiding.  

In the parole statute as applied here, IRLI explains, parole may only be granted on a case-by-case basis for “significant public benefit.” No significant benefit to the public is served by paroling any particular alien under this program; rather, as the administration concedes, the program’s supposed benefit—the reduction of “irregular migration” by providing the app alternative—is only significantly advanced by paroling tens of thousands of other illegal aliens en masse. And the benefit of en masse parole cannot be used to justify individual parole on a case-by-case basis.   

“It is preposterous to think that channeling mass illegal immigration with an app makes it legal,” said Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of IRLI. “We hope the court sees this program as the flagrant abuse of the parole process it is, and does not allow the administration to use it to invite and assist an invasion by the world.”  

The case is Indiana, et al. v. Mayorkas, No. 1:23-cv-00106 (D.N.D.).

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