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Texas v. Biden: Defending the Central American Minors Program Against States’ Legal Attack

In early 2022, Texas and 14 other states filed a lawsuit challenging the Biden Administration’s decision to reopen the Central American Minors (CAM) Program, which allows certain children and family members in danger in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to obtain refugee resettlement or humanitarian parole and to safely reunite with a parent or guardian who is lawfully present in the United States.

In March 2022, we moved to intervene in the Texas case on behalf of several parents in the United States who are seeking to reunite or remain united with their children through the CAM Program. 

In May 2022, the Texas court granted our motion and allowed two of the CAM parents to intervene as defendants.  This means the parents are allowed to make arguments and present evidence in defense of the CAM Program, just as the federal government defendants are allowed to do.

IRAP previously represented CAM families challenging the Trump Administration’s termination of the CAM Parole program and won a settlement that requires the government to reopen and process 2,700 CAM cases.

Haynes & Boone, LLP is local counsel in this litigation.


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  • Menores Centroamericanos (CAM): Reiniciando Programa para Ciertos Solicitantes

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  • Texas Tribune: A Salvadoran woman in Texas has waited more than 20 years to reunite with her son. A lawsuit could keep them separated.

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  • U.S. District Court in Texas Allows Affected Families to Defend the Central American Minors (CAM) Program

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  • IRAP Seeks to Defend Central American Minors Program Against Texas Legal Challenge

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