The Florida Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday strengthened a lawsuit filed against the federal government for releasing undocumented immigrants detained at the southeast border of the country without even initiating the legal process for their removal.
According to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the Biden Administration has not only consciously refused to enforce immigration laws, but has also developed an operation to secretly resettle illegal aliens in communities in Florida and the rest of the United States.
The amendment to the lawsuit comes after press reports that dozens of adult immigrants were taken to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) station in Brownsville, Texas, where they were apparently released.
A Fox News report states that these immigrants left the ICE facility in several cabs bound for a nearby airport, from where they were scheduled to fly to cities within the United States, some headed to Florida.
The amendment is to a lawsuit filed in September 2021 against the immigration policy known as “catch and release,” which allows the release of undocumented immigrants who were detained after crossing the border.
The lawsuit is against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and subordinate agencies, such as the ICE, as well as the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.
At the time, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody stated that Florida spends about $100 million each year to “hold undocumented immigrants in county jails,” in addition to other amounts related to social services.
According to the federal law, Florida authorities said, arriving immigrants, including those seeking asylum, must be detained while immigration courts determine whether there is a valid basis for entering the United States.
DeSantis now criticized that the government is doing this in secrecy and without any coordination with the states or background checks on the immigrants.
The border with Mexico continues to experience months with a large influx of immigrants and last December there were more than 178,000 “encounters” between immigration officials and undocumented immigrants or asylum seekers.