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Attorney General Griffin Joins Multistate Lawsuit Against Biden Administration’s Immigration ‘Parole’ Policy

Griffin: ‘I will continue to fight to secure America’s borders, even if President Biden’s administration won’t’

LITTLE ROCK – Following today’s filing of a multistate lawsuit against the Biden administration’s immigration “parole” policy, Attorney General Tim Griffin issued the following statement:

“President Biden’s refusal to enforce our immigration laws burdens Arkansas taxpayers and threatens our security. That’s why I’m proud to join other attorneys general today in challenging the Biden administration’s latest unlawful program, which would allow hundreds of thousands of aliens to bypass the typical visa process. I will continue to fight to secure America’s borders, even if President Biden’s administration won’t.”

To read the full lawsuit, click here.

About the Biden administration’s ‘parole’ policy: 

In extraordinary circumstances and on a case-by-case basis, U.S. immigration laws allow the Department of Homeland Security to grant “parole” to aliens to enter the United States. But the Biden administration has expanded this case-by-case authority beyond all recognition. On January 5, 2023, the Biden administration effectively created a new visa program by announcing that it will permit up to 360,000 aliens annually from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela to be “paroled” into the United States outside of regular immigration channels. A coalition of states has sued the Biden administration to halt this unlawful expansion of executive authority. To read the administration’s press release on the program, click here

About Attorney General Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin was elected Attorney General of Arkansas on November 8, 2022. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, and was re-elected for his second four-year term on November 6, 2018. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th Representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans. He also attended graduate school at Oxford University. Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, for over 25 years and currently holds the rank of colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault in Mosul, Iraq). He is currently serving as the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) for the 81st Readiness Division at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Prior to his current post, Griffin served as the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment (LOD) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and a senior legislative advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Colonel Griffin holds a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife, Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.