Friday, September 17, 2021

Arizona AG sues Biden administration over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Arizona filed suit against the Biden administration’s broader COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which affects federal employees, most healthcare workers and employees of many private businesses – possibly the first lawsuit filed against the policies.

“The federal government cannot force people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Biden administration is once again flouting our laws and precedents to advance its radical agenda,” Attorney General Mark Branovich, a Republican, said in a statement Tuesday.

In a lawsuit filed in the US District Court of Arizona, Branovich’s team compared the new mandate against the lack of COVID-19 vaccine rules for illegal immigrants entering through the US-Mexico border, where encounters increased Is. Biden took office.

Biden announced last week about vaccine mandates for private businesses with 100 or more employees, all federal employees and contractors and healthcare workers at facilities receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding. According to the White House plan, private workers can either receive the COVID-19 vaccine or submit it for weekly testing.

“Many of us are disappointed by the nearly 80 million Americans who still haven’t been vaccinated, even though the vaccine is safe, effective, and free,” Biden said in a speech last week.

But the Arizona lawsuit argued that Biden’s plan violates the equal protection clause on US citizens by allegedly supporting illegal aliens entering the United States.

“While the precise outline of the federal vaccination mandate is not yet clear, violations of the equal protection clause are already clear and strong,” the brief states. “In short: unauthorized aliens would not be subject to any vaccination requirements, even if they were released directly into the United States (where most would live), while approximately one hundred million US citizens would be subject to unprecedented vaccination requirements.”

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Branovich speaks at a news conference on January 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Ariz. (Bob Christie/AP Photo)

As a result, Branovich’s team argued, the administration’s policies display an “infallible” and “unconstitutional” bias in favor of unauthorized aliens.

Meanwhile, the suit is also a . refers to twitter post From an MSNBC contributor, Stephanie Ruhle, whom White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein shared on September 9, Biden’s order targeting private businesses was the “final work-around” for the federal government to mandate vaccines. Was.

“The inadvertent entry in the preceding paragraph makes all actions of the Administration constitutionally questionable,” Branovich’s lawsuit states. “These other violations will be the subject of future challenges.”

The lawsuit asks the court to declare unconstitutional the administration’s allegedly discriminatory vaccine policies regarding illegal aliens and US citizens, as well as permanent residents. It also wants an injunction against the White House enforcing the mandate, arguing that any vaccine requirements for citizens and permanent residents should be applied to illegal aliens.

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Other Republican attorneys generals and governors have said they would file a lawsuit against the Biden administration after the mandate was announced.

The Epoch Times has contacted the White House and the Department of Homeland Security for comment.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus.

Jack Phillips

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times in New York City.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Arizona AG sues Biden administration over COVID-19 vaccine mandate
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