Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is set to take the Biden administration to trial in federal court because of its planned expansion of the immigration parole system.
This lawsuit comes after the Biden administration expanded the federal parole system in its plan to overhaul the processing protocols for illegal immigrants. This expansion of the parole system is purported to allow an additional 30,000 illegal immigrants to stay in the country.
Just the News reported on the matter:
Biden made the announcement after a record 68,044 Cubans and Nicaraguans and 6,232 Venezuelans were apprehended in November illegally entering the U.S., according to CBP data; and after more than 600,000 foreign nationals from all over the world were apprehended or evaded capture in November and December 2022 combined, and a record 3.3 million were apprehended in fiscal 2022.
Allegedly, Moody’s office has uncovered evidence of Biden’s administration ignoring existing public safety immigration laws, leading to over 1 million illegal immigrants into the country without proper vetting.
Moody’s office stated in a news release:
In just a few days, Attorney General Ashley Moody’s team of attorneys will be taking the Biden administration to court over unlawful immigration policies. Through months of intense discovery, lawyers for Florida uncovered evidence of Biden ignoring public-safety immigration laws allowing more than 1 million unvetted, inadmissible immigrants into the interior. The upcoming trial, beginning on Monday, is a culmination of efforts by Attorney General Moody’s team, surviving motions to dismiss and summary judgment by opposing counsel, and will once again show that the Biden administration is threatening Americans’ safety by intentionally weakening our nation’s border security.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Since President Biden took office, he has intentionally dismantled public-safety immigration structures, allowing chaos to reign at our nation’s Southwest Border, and letting unvetted, inadmissible immigrants—along with dangerous individuals and deadly drugs like fentanyl—into our country. Biden’s actions are beyond irresponsible and put Americans at risk. Now, because of our litigation, the president must defend his reckless actions and refusal to follow the law in a federal courtroom.”
Attorney General Moody’s case argues that 8 U.S.C. § 1225(b)(1)-(2), a federal law enacted in 1996, mandates that DHS detain applicants for admission, until it is adjudicated whether the immigrant is to be removed. Florida argues that soon after Biden took office, the federal government began systematically ignoring the mandatory detention language.
According to the complaint, since March 2021, U.S. Border Patrol has released approximately 1 million immigrants at the Southwest Border, including as many as 105,000 in a single month. Comparatively, in the last month of the Trump administration, only 17 were released.
However, U.S. department of Justice attorneys argued in October that the federal government has discretion over immigration policies. They indicated the Florida lawsuit is asking the U.S. District Judge T. Kent Wetherell II to question discretionary decision made by the Department of Homeland Security on how immigration law should be effectively enforced.
Moody’s office maintains that the Biden administration is intentionally weakening our border and threatening the nation’s security. Judge Wetherell of the Northern District of Florida Pensacola Division was set to begin the trial on Monday.
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