Biden Administration Hit with Second Lawsuit from AG Moody Over Immigration
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is hitting the Biden administration with another immigration-related court challenge after they attempted to modify a policy that will release hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants into the interior of the United States.
Moody secured an initial court victory after a federal judge said that the Biden administration could not release immigrants into the American interior without notice to appear in court.
The Biden administration slightly modified the policy and gave illegal immigrants a notice to appear (also known as an NTA).
Independent reporters found that many of the notices to appear were set years into the future, effectively granting illegal immigrants residence for up to ten years in some cases.
An illegal immigrant crossing the border today may not get a court date for up to 10 years.
Joe Biden's immigration "plan" is an open invitation to stay in our country and break our laws.
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) May 15, 2023
Moody condemned the Biden administration for attempting an end-run around the injunction blocking them from releasing illegal immigrants into the interior.
“Biden’s will to violate public-safety immigration laws and release massive amounts of illegal immigrants into the country knows no bounds,” Moody said Friday in a statement to Fox News Digital.
She said that the new policy enacted by the Biden administration was an attempt to ‘skirt the law’ and to ‘further weaken’ border security, making it essential to push back against it.
“After we beat Biden in federal court multiple times, his administration admitted to a new policy to skirt the law and release immigrants into the country. We are fighting back against this outrageous and unlawful Biden policy designed to further weaken our border security — making Americans less safe.”
.@JoeBiden has responded to our court victory by mass releasing illegal immigrants with court dates years in the future. We are taking action to stop this game of whack-a-mole and force Biden to secure the border.https://t.co/Awzhl7IX1l pic.twitter.com/OM8grCYPVv
— AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody) June 2, 2023
A federal judge that blocked Biden’s initial order in March agreed that the new policy is “materially identical” to the previous policy, where migrants were paroled into the U.S. and enrolled in ‘Alternatives to Detention.’
The judge decided to impose a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and later issued a preliminary injunction on the new policy entirely, according to FOX News.
The administration lashed out against the decision to block their “parole with conditions” policy and called it “sabotage.” They further warned that it could result in “unsafe overcrowding at CBP [Customs and Border Protection] facilities and undercut our ability to efficiently process and remove migrants, and risks creating dangerous conditions for Border Patrol agents and migrants.”
Republican lawmakers have said that the flood of illegal immigrants at the border was entirely avoidable if the Biden administration did not repeal Title 42 and instated other policies that entice illegal immigrants to come here, such as issuing them phones upon entry.
Think rescinding Title 42 was bad?
The Biden admin is now planning on using a mobile phone app to admit nearly 40,000 illegals into the U.S. each month.
Secretary Mayorkas is INTENTIONALLY causing this chaos at our southern border — time for him to go.
— Congressman Ben Cline (@RepBenCline) June 1, 2023
The Biden administration defended the policy, saying that it has been used by previous administrations on both sides of the aisle to deal with crowding at border facilities.
“The fact remains that when overcrowding has occurred in Border Patrol facilities, Republican and Democratic Administrations alike have used this parole authority to protect the safety and security of migrants and the workforce,” a CBP statement said last month.
Moody’s suit against the Biden administration follows other legal action that was announced on Thursday by seventeen Republican Attorney Generals across the country.
The situation at the southern border is out of control, all thanks to Joe Biden.
I've filed suit with 17 other AGs against the Biden Administration for failing to mitigate the en masse illegal immigration occurring at the southern border. pic.twitter.com/EodpI3MA7d
— Attorney General Andrew Bailey (@AGAndrewBailey) June 1, 2023
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