Four attorneys general have sued Biden over his immigration policies. In just three months in office, an unprecedented humanitarian crisis has broken out at the southern border of the United States.
On separate occasions, the GOP attorneys general from Florida, Arizona, Texas, and Missouri sued Biden in court, denouncing the impacts of the current border crisis on the American people and demanding that the courts reinstate the policies of the Trump administration.
Four Attorneys General sue Biden
On April 16, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a lawsuit against Biden, arguing that his immigration policies and the relaxation of border restrictions are affecting multiple states and the U.S. population in general.
Brnovich is calling for the reinstatement of the construction of the border wall, and the reimplementation of Trump’s “Public Charge Rule,” which allowed immigration officials to reject certain asylum applications if the individual may become a burden on the local economy.
On April 13, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also sued the Biden administration in an attempt to reinstate a policy implemented by former President Trump that forced immigrants seeking asylum in the United States to wait in Mexico while their applications were processed.
Both Paxton and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt argue in the lawsuit that the Biden administration’s decision to suspend the “Remain in Mexico” policy was an “arbitrary and capricious decision.”
Paxton believes that President Biden could reduce the flow of crime at the border by reinstating the Migrant Protection Protocols.
This is the third lawsuit Paxton has issued against the Biden administration since January. The Texas attorney general has previously sued over the deportation moratorium and procedures that reduce deportations of undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of crimes.
In addition to the lawsuits filed by the Arizona, Texas and Missouri prosecutors, the Florida prosecutor, Ashley Moody, sued the President for the changes in immigration matters, considering that the new policies put the population at risk.
The four attorneys general blame the Democrat for what is happening with the handling of illegal immigrants, as she pointed out that serious criminals have been released.
According to the newspaper, the Border Patrol detained more than 170,000 migrants illegally crossing the southern border in March, while other migrants are crossing without being caught: “Border authorities have estimated that nearly a thousand immigrants have entered the country undetected, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Biden’s drastic changes to immigration laws
According to immigration law, anyone who is in the country without legal status can be deported, but under the Biden-Harris administration this rule is not enforced and, on the contrary, priorities were established on who can and cannot be detained.
According to the WSJ, for the Democratic administration, if an illegal immigrant only committed “minor offenses,” he or she does not deserve to be deported or detained, unless he or she meets the new guidelines of having recently entered.
“The Biden administration is simply trying their non-deportation policy by other means, they add red tape, they increase paperwork, they change the rules,” David Grantham, a national security and counterterrorism expert on border crises, explained to El American.
Grantham’s statements coincide with those of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who issued a lawsuit against the Biden-Harris administration.
It remains to be seen whether the courts will rule in favor of the four attrorneys general.