President Joe Biden has been blocked by a federal court from imposing limits on Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Biden administration sought to impose limitations on arrests, detentions and removals by ICE.
Southern District of Ohio Judge Michael Newman ruled this decision after a lawsuit was filed by Republican Attorneys General of Arizona, Montana, and Ohio. Newman issued a preliminary injunction stopping Biden from imposing the new guidelines on punishments for illegal immigration.
Judge Michael Newman stated:
“The States sue because they believe DHS skirted Congress’s immigration enforcement mandates when it issued a policy that prioritizes certain high-risk noncitizens for apprehension and removal. DHS contends that seemingly mandatory statutes must be read flexibly to permit efficient law enforcement. At bottom, that is what this dispute is about: can the Executive displace clear congressional command in the name of resource allocation and enforcement goals? Here, the answer is no.”
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sued the Biden administration in November 2021 over the policy revision. The conservative judges all claimed the proposed revisions prevented immigration officers from carrying out deportations. They claimed the policy, “dramatically ties the hands of immigration officers, halting nearly all deportations.”
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a bombshell ruling which prevented the Biden administration from lifting Title 42. This Trump-era policy allowed the federal government to quickly turn away illegal immigrants at the border during the pandemic on the grounds of public health.
According to ABC news:
“Title 42 is a clause of the 1944 Public Health Services Law that “allows the government to prevent the introduction of individuals during certain public health emergencies,” said Olga Byrne, the immigration director at the International Rescue Committee.”
“Rarely used over the past few decades, the Trump administration relied on an interpretation of Title 42 to issue a public health order during the COVID-19 pandemic that authorized the rapid expulsion of migrants, citing concerns over the spread of the virus, without giving them a chance to apply for asylum, Byrne said.”
Axios reported on the matter:
“The expected Dec. 21 expiration of the policy — which has cited the pandemic to allow border officials to rapidly expel migrants and asylum seekers at the border for more than 2.5 years — was delayed after the Supreme Court intervened at the request of Republican challengers.”
“The Supreme Court approved a last-minute effort by 19 GOP-led states to block the termination of Title 42.”
“As required by today’s Supreme Court order, the Title 42 public health order will remain in effect, and individuals who attempt to enter the United States unlawfully will continue to be expelled to Mexico or their home country.”
“People should not listen to the lies of smugglers who take advantage of vulnerable migrants, putting lives at risk. The border is not open, and we will continue to fully enforce our immigration laws.”
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