The state of Florida on Tuesday sued the Biden administration for its catch-and-release policy, arguing it’s illegal because it harms the Sunshine State by forcing it to “incur millions of dollars in expenses.”
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed the charges Tuesday, as part of a joint effort with Governor Ron DeSantis.
“Many of the aliens illegally released by the Biden administration are arriving or will arrive in Florida, harming the state’s quasi-sovereign interests and forcing it to incur millions of dollars in expenses,” the indictment said. . is reading.
“While some arriving migrants have legitimate asylum applications, many do not. Some are gang members and drug traffickers who are taking advantage of the crisis at the border, as evidenced by the skyrocketing amount of Fentanyl seized at the border this year,” the indictment said.
Under the US code, immigrants must be detained until it is decided whether they will be allowed to enter the country, but under US code 1225, the federal government has an exception in what is known as “parole authority” where they deport some migrants to the interior. ‘case by case’ when there are ‘urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit’.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, left, filed the lawsuit Tuesday, as part of a joint effort with Governor Ron DeSantis, right.
The lawsuit alleges that Biden abused this power.
“The government is not free to ignore the clear orders of Congress. It has claimed it lacks the resources and detention capacity to handle the flow of migrants arriving at the border.”
The lawsuit alleges that the Biden administrations say its capture and release policies are due to a lack of resources and an overwhelmed border, but at the same time it has “actively sought to eliminate measures that increase its resources and detention capacity.”
The lawsuit alleges that Border Patrol has released 225,000 illegal migrants detained on the southern border since Biden took office, costing Florida’s state prison system $100 million a year to incarcerate undocumented immigrants who commit crimes.
On Sunday, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said 12,400 migrants, mostly from Haiti, who had camped under the Del Rio Bridge in recent weeks had been released into the interior of the US.
He said that number could rise as 5,000 other cases are pending and 3,000 are in custody. In total, 4,000 have been returned to Haiti of the approximately 30,000 who have entered Del Rio, Texas since September 9.
The suit also mentioned the cost of education, with the state spending $8,000 a year on educating every student, regardless of immigration status, and emergency medical services.
Lawsuit alleges Biden abused his ‘parole authority’ to detain more of the illegal migrants he catches
On Sunday, DHS said 12,400 migrants, mostly from Haiti, who had camped under the Del Rio Bridge in recent weeks had been released into the interior of the US.
Florida asks a judge to overrule Biden’s policy to “release prospective aliens subject to mandatory detention,” “unlawfully hold and set aside,” release aliens on probation without going into individual arbitration or opting out to abide by that authority’s other restrictions, and to fail to serve charges or initiate expulsion proceedings against clearly inadmissible aliens released into the interior of the United States.”
It requests a permanent injunction and to award Florida’s costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees.
Meanwhile, DeSantis signed an order authorizing Florida’s Department of Law Enforcement and Highway Patrol “to detain any plane, bus, or other vehicle in the state of Florida reasonably believed to be carrying illegal aliens into Florida from the southwest border.”
He also sent Florida law enforcement officers to Texas to help border officials deal with the increase in illegal border crossings.
Last month, DeSantis wrote to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) asking that illegal immigrants not be resettled in Florida, but instead deported or sent them to states that support “ignoring our immigration laws.”
“I ask that DHS immediately stop any further resettlement of illegal aliens in Florida and that the aliens instead be removed from the United States or resettled in states that support the government’s continued violation of our immigration laws,” he said.
“Floridians welcome responsible immigration that serves the interests of Florida and the American people, but we cannot tolerate the lawlessness that your department is helping and encouraging on the southwestern border,” he wrote.