WH releases details on Biden amnesty plan, Johnson says it will incentivize more illegal immigration

Biden's executive action establishes a new process to 'help certain noncitizen spouses and children apply for lawful permanent residence' without leaving the country and Johnson predicts it will be 'struck down' by the courts

Published: June 18, 2024 2:51pm

Updated: June 18, 2024 3:07pm

The Biden Administration on Tuesday afternoon released the details of President Biden's executive action that offers permanent residence to some non-citizens without congressional approval – a measure House Speaker Mike Johnson argues will encourage more illegal immigration into the U.S.

“Just two weeks ago, the president pretended to crack down on the open-border catastrophe by engaging an election-year border charade. Now he’s trying to play both sides and is granting amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens," the Louisiana Republican said.

"The president may think our homeland security is some kind of game that he can try to use for political points, but Americans know this amnesty plan will only incentivize more illegal immigration and endanger Americans," Johnson said in a statement.  

Johnson also said the executive action is "proof-positive of the Democrats’ plan to turn illegal aliens into voters.

He argued that Biden's executive action violates the Immigration and Naturalization Act and predicted that it will be "challenged and struck down in the courts."

Biden's executive action, posted Tuesday afternoon on the White House website, establishes a new process to "help certain noncitizen spouses and children apply for lawful permanent residence" without leaving the country.

"This action will protect about half-a-million spouses of U.S. citizens, and roughly 50,000 noncitizen children under the age of 21 whose parent is married to a U.S. citizen," read a White House fact sheet on the executive order.

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