When Joe Biden took the White House, he didn’t waste any time in erasing former President Donald Trump’s legacy. This included reversing multiple border policies from the previous administration.
Critics say this was a big mistake, because those policies had appeared to be working. Now, we’re back to catch-and-release, which could’ve cost this country dearly.
That’s why the President is facing a new lawsuit.
The state of Texas and an America First group just hit the Biden administration with legal proceedings. They’re specifically going after the catch-and-release policy, which has been very controversial.
It was even more controversial because of the pandemic, and the possibility that infected foreigners might be flooding into the country.
There’s no way to know if an unregistered traveler from another country has the coronavirus. And with catch-and-release, this means an untold number of potentially infected individuals got in.
This is where Texas and immigration hawk Stephen Miller come in (via Washington Examiner):
In documents filed in federal court, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Miller’s America First Legal said the policy was dangerous to the health of Texas and the U.S. and would cost taxpayers millions of dollars to clean up.
‘By allowing tens of thousands of people to flow across the border, the defendants have increased the public health and safety risk to Texas,’ said the request for an injunction.
Donald Trump had instituted several policies, such as “Remain in Mexico.” And during the epidemic, the administration prioritized returning undocumented individuals to their countries of origin.
But this lawsuit claims all that stopped when Biden took office.
There have been reports of the Biden administration releasing unaccompanied minors into dozens of American cities, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Texas is on the front lines of the border battle, of course, and they’ve seen firsthand the damage Biden’s policies have caused. According to the documents:
In this case, the harm to Texas is both imminent and irreparable, and could be easily avoided by the defendants’ continuation of practices used prior to the February order.
At stake for Texas is the health of the people of Texas. Conversely, there is no harm to the defendants from their resuming their operations as they were prior to the February order.
Nor is there any legal harm to persons removed pursuant to those procedures, as such individuals are aliens who lack lawful status in the United States, and whose rights are not being violated.
Miller further argues that Biden’s policy are contradictory.
If the administration was aggressive about fighting the virus, then they wouldn’t have allowed catch-and-release to continue during the pandemic.
As he said, Americans were required to shut down and wear masks. While on the flip side, the current administration was “actively facilitating the entry” of unregistered individuals.
The mass release of untested, unvaccinated, unvetted and unscreened border-crossers threatens the health of all Americans — and is explicitly contrary to the administration’s publicly stated goal of reopening through vaccination.
As such, this legal issue is closer to a national health problem, rather than a national security problem.
As a result, the defendants might have a point: when you clamp down hard on legal citizens to fight a pandemic, but don’t appear to stop untested illegal travelers from entering the country, it sounds hypocritical.
And it might’ve contributed to the spread of the virus, too. That’s why Biden has to answer some tough questions now.
- Texas and an America First group just sued the Biden administration for its “harmful” catch-and-release policy.
- The suit claims Biden allowed untested, unvetted foreign travelers into the country at the height of the pandemic.
- This contradicts the administration’s supposedly aggressive stance against the virus.
Source: Washington Examiner