Missouri AG Criticizes Kansas City Mayor for Welcoming Illegal Immigrants Under DHS Parole Program

Missouri AG criticizes KC mayor for welcoming illegal immigrants, citing a murder case. Warns of legal action against businesses hiring undocumented workers. Joins 19 states in suing DHS over parole program.

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Missouri AG Criticizes Kansas City Mayor for Welcoming Illegal Immigrants Under DHS Parole Program

Missouri AG Criticizes Kansas City Mayor for Welcoming Illegal Immigrants Under DHS Parole Program

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has criticized Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas for welcoming illegal immigrants to the city to work under Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' illegal immigrant parole program. Bailey cited an incident where an illegal immigrant from Venezuela, who had been granted a work permit under Mayorkas' policy, murdered a young college student named Laken Hope Riley.

Bailey warned that Missouri law prohibits businesses from hiring or employing illegal immigrants and stated his office would take legal action against violators. He expressed concern that the illegal immigrant parole program created by Secretary Mayorkas unlawfully creates a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants. Bailey announced that Missouri would join 19 other state attorney generals in suing Mayorkas over his "disastrous" program.

Why this matters: The debate over immigration policies and sanctuary cities has significant implications for public safety, the rule of law, and the allocation of taxpayer resources. The tragic murder of Laken Riley highlights the potential dangers of releasing illegal immigrants, some with criminal histories, into American communities.

Senator Josh Hawley also criticized Secretary Mayorkas for releasing an illegal immigrant from Venezuela who is now charged with the murder of Riley, a Georgia nursing student. The backlash against Secretary Mayorkas and the Biden administration's parole program for illegal immigrants has been mounting, with lawmakers voicing their concerns over the release of killer, us.

In a letter to Mayor Lucas, Bailey stated that "Your open invitation to illegal aliens to come to Missouri is not only dangerous but comes at great expense to Missouri taxpayers, residents, and business owners." He noted that Lucas' actions violate a Missouri law prohibiting state businesses from hiring or employing illegal immigrants.

Bailey highlighted how the illegal immigrant charged with Riley's murder had repeatedly violated U.S. immigration laws before being granted a work permit under Mayorkas' program. Republican lawmakers, including Senators Rand Paul and Rick Scott, have grilled Mayorkas over the administration's parole policies, accusing them of abusing the system and failing to prioritize public safety.

Attorney General Bailey stated that his office will take legal action against any person or entity found to be in violation of Missouri statutes regarding the hiring of illegal immigrants. He invited Mayor Lucas to join him in defending the rule of law and protecting Missourians. The murder of Laken Riley and the ensuing criticism of DHS policies have reignited the debate over immigration enforcement and the consequences of failing to secure America's borders.

Key Takeaways

  • Missouri AG criticizes KC mayor for welcoming illegal immigrants under Mayorkas' parole program
  • Missouri law prohibits hiring illegal immigrants; AG threatens legal action against violators
  • Illegal immigrant from Venezuela, granted work permit, charged with murdering a college student
  • Missouri to join 19 states in suing Mayorkas over "disastrous" illegal immigrant parole program
  • Debate over immigration policies and sanctuary cities impacts public safety, rule of law, taxpayer resources