Texas Sues Biden Administration Over Migrant ‘Pre-Approving’

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration for “illegally pre-approving” migrants to enter the U.S. through a mobile app which Paxton argues encourages illegal immigration.

After Title 42 ended in May 2023, the Biden administration published a new rule requiring asylum-seekers to apply for protection in any third country before they arrive in the U.S. Yet, migrants can now use a mobile app to avoid the administration’s new rule.

According to Breitbart News, the mobile app is called Customs and Border Protection (CBP) One. It persuades foreign nationals living in Mexico who are pregnant, mentally ill, disabled, homeless, elderly, or crime victims to schedule an appointment with CBP agents at the border with the hopes of being released into American communities.

Foreign nationals in Mexico may submit their appointment application through the CBP One app two weeks in advance and then present themselves at eight Ports of Entry in Arizona, Texas, and California for their appointment.

Paxton said the Biden administration “deliberately conceived of this phone app with the goal of illegally pre-approving more foreign aliens to enter the country and go where they please once they arrive.”

“Joe Biden, Alejandro Mayorkas, and the entire Biden Administration have prioritized creating and protecting new ways for illegal aliens to stream into this country, no matter the cost or consequence to struggling American citizens,” Paxton added.

A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defended the app, arguing it provides a “safe, orderly, and human way” to process migrants.

“Lawful pathways like making an appointment to appear at a port of entry using the CBP One app allow us to process migrants in a safe, orderly, and humane way and reduce unlawful immigration,” the spokesperson said.

CBS News reported that the Biden administration plans to increase the number of migrants allowed to enter the U.S. daily through the mobile app from 740-1,000.

According to the lawsuit, Texas said the app “works in conjunction with the Administration’s expanded parole policies and processes to expedite and streamline the processing of aliens at the border and move them into the country more quickly.”

“By inviting illegal aliens into Texas, Defendants will inflict costs on the State for public education, law enforcement and incarceration, unreimbursed health care, and other public services for illegal aliens,” the lawsuit further stated.