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Republicans raise 'grave concerns' with Biden immigration order

A group of Republican senators has expressed “serious concerns” about President Biden’s recent move to allow certain undocumented immigrants who are spouses or children of U.S. citizens to remain in the country and work legally.

in letter In a June 21 letter to Biden, Republican lawmakers wrote that Biden’s latest immigration relief package “directly violates the law passed by Congress” and will “add fuel to the ongoing border crisis.”

Lawmakers have called on President Biden to repeal a comprehensive immigration relief package that would expand a regularization program known as parole, which allows foreign nationals who entered the U.S. without authorization to stay for a period of time. Parole is typically granted on a case-by-case basis.

The program covers approximately 500,000 spouses of U.S. citizens and approximately 50,000 foreign national children under the age of 21.

The letter was written by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and 15 other Republican senators.

“We have previously challenged the lawfulness of your Administration’s parole authority and called for reform of this authority to ensure that parole decisions are restored to Congress’ original intent — that is, to be made on a ‘case-by-case’ basis for aliens not already in the United States,” the lawmakers wrote.

“Under your administration, parole authority has been illegally used to circumvent vetting and background checks, mass parole illegal immigrants after drug cartels surged caravans at the border, and circumvent normal refugee processing,” the letter added.

The lawmakers called Biden’s policies on the southern US border “reckless” and criticized his rollback of some past border measures for “inviting chaos” at the border.

“This week’s actions reinforce your administration’s message to the world that America will not enforce our laws on our southern border,” the lawmakers wrote. “Border security is a matter of national security, and our adversaries will continue to exploit the confusion your administration has created by announcing this policy.”

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

The letter follows a series of moves last week from Republican lawmakers to denounce Biden’s moves.

Former President Trump said he would rescind Biden’s orders if he was re-elected, and accused the president of “taking advantage” of immigrants.

Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama) accused Biden of trying to garner voters’ support ahead of November.

“That’s their strategy: Register as many people as possible to vote,” he told The Hill last week. “They don’t care about the citizens. They’re just looking for voters. [to] They should do everything they can before the next election because they know the outcome is in sight.”

Republican lawmakers have repeatedly criticized Biden’s border policies, arguing that his actions have led to a flood of migrants entering the U.S. from the southern border.

President Biden issued a separate executive order earlier this month giving the White House additional authority to limit migrant flows, authorizing border officials to turn away migrants at the southern border if the seven-day average of border crossings between ports of entry exceeds 2,500.

Republicans similarly criticized the order, arguing it did not include some border security measures they have long sought.