Florida will take the Biden administration to court over the immigration parole program

Florida will take the Biden administration to court over the immigration parole program

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is taking President Joe Biden’s administration to federal court over plans to expand the immigration parole system.

Florida’s lawsuit comes as the Biden administration expanded the federal parole system as part of its plan to expand “safe, orderly and humane processing” for illegal aliens. This expansion would allow an additional 30,000 migrants from Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba and Nicaragua to remain in the United States.

As Just the News reported:

Biden made the announcement after a record 68,044 Cubans and Nicaraguans and 6,232 Venezuelans were arrested trying to enter the US illegally in November, according to CBP data; and after November and December 2022 combined more than 600,000 foreign nationals from around the world were arrested or evaded arrest, and a record 3.3 million were arrested in fiscal 2022.

Moody’s office claimed the state had “uncovered evidence that Biden ignored public safety immigration laws and allowed more than 1 million unscreened, improper immigrants into the interior.”

The upcoming trial “will demonstrate once again that the Biden administration is threatening the security of Americans by intentionally weakening our nation’s border security,” Moody’s office continued.

“This policy harms Florida. The Biden administration releases tens of thousands of migrants at the border every month,” lawyers in Moody’s office wrote in an amended version of the lawsuit filed in August. “Many of these migrants are arriving or will arrive in Florida, damaging the state’s quasi-sovereign interests and forcing it to spend millions of dollars.”

In a statement Thursday, Moody criticized Biden’s “irresponsible” immigration policies for putting “Americans at risk.”

Moody said:

Since President Biden took office, he has deliberately dismantled immigration structures for public safety, wreaked havoc on our country’s Southwest border, and allowed unscreened, illegal immigrants—along with dangerous individuals and deadly drugs like fentanyl—into our country. Biden’s actions are beyond irresponsible and endanger Americans. Now, because of our litigation, the President must defend his reckless actions and his refusal to obey the law in federal court.

However, attorneys for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) argued in an October filing that the federal government has discretionary powers over immigration policy, alleging that Florida is asking US District Judge T. Kent Wetherell II to “challenge Home Department discretionary decisions about security about it.” how to most effectively and efficiently enforce immigration laws.”

“This court should reject Florida’s invitation to subvert the principles of federalism and separation of powers on which the US constitutional system is based,” the DOJ filing continued.

Judge Wetherell of the Pensacola Division of the Northern District of Florida is scheduled to begin the trial Monday.

The case is Florida vs United StatesNo. 3:21-cv-1066-TKW-ZCB, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

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