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Biden’s New Border Admission Policy Allows Haitian, Cuban Migrants To Receive Medicaid, Food Stamps, Cash Handouts

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The Biden administration’s new policy to permit migrants that would otherwise be expelled allows for Haitians and Cubans to receive an array of public benefits, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Haitian and Cuban migrants paroled into the U.S. can receive Medicaid, food stamps and cash benefits, according to HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The new program uses parole authority to allow 30,000 Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, Cubans and Haitians to enter the U.S. on a monthly basis if they have a sponsor. (RELATED: ‘Dangerous’: Parent Advocate Raises Concerns Over Assistant Principal Who Solicited Cash For Student’s ‘Coyote’ Fees)

Migrants of the aforementioned nationalities would otherwise be expelled under Title 42, the Trump-era order used to quickly expel certain migrants who cross into the U.S. illegally. The Biden administration continues to push for Title 42’s end, but Republican states have sued and the courts have been left to make a decision on the order’s fate.

Cuban migrants queue to enter El Paso, Texas to request asylum in U.S. in Ciudad Juarez

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Through the ORR, Haitian and Cuban parolees can be eligible for a number of benefits, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food assistance, Medicaid and cash assistance through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), according to HHS.

“ORR provides funding to state governments, resettlement agencies, and other nonprofit community-based organizations to provide benefits and services for eligible individuals,” HHS states on its website.

Haitian and Cuban parolees are eligible to receive roughly $400 a month in assistance, according to NBC Miami. They are also permitted to apply for the assistance within the first five years they’ve been in the U.S., according to HHS.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded a surge of more than 2.3 million migrant encounters in fiscal year 2022. The influx continues with more than 250,000 migrant encounters recorded in December, which is now the highest month on record.

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