29 September (WNN) — Florida has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration, saying its border policies are illegal, as Governor Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday a series of measures to fight the federal government’s stance on irregular migration.
The lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Pensacola Division, accuses the Biden administration of ignoring requirements to detain immigrants who enter the country, unless they can or cannot stay , it is not decided on.
The executive order of President Joe Biden in question was issued in February to “create a comprehensive regional framework” for the causes and management of migration at the southern border.
The Biden administration has sought to undo much of his predecessor’s immigration policy, and in doing so, Biden rescinded President Donald Trump’s presidential memorandum of April 2018 that ended the catch-and-release policy, Which allows the release of certain migrants who are to be released. in the United States before the court hearing his immigration case.
Biden said the memo was rescinded because of a lack of resources and detention capacity to safely process migrants arriving at the border amid the coronavirus pandemic.
However, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody argues that the repeal ignores Congressional orders to detain all immigrants until a decision is made on their case and that Biden’s arguments are based on the Trump administration’s other immigration measures. which should have freed up resources and capacity. .
“Furthermore, the misguided policies of the Biden administration have encouraged more migrants to make the dangerous journey to the United States,” she wrote. “Therefore, the government cannot use the alleged paucity of resources on the pretext of ignoring the mandate of the Congress.”
During a press conference on Tuesday, DeSantis described Biden’s immigration policy as “an open invitation to people around the world” to stay in the rest of the country with a “ticket to ride” southern border. to enter the United States through.
DeSantis said the number of encounters with migrants at the southwest border has risen from 78,000 in January to more than 210,000 in July, the highest monthly total in two decades.
“And there is no sign of it slowing down,” he said, accusing the Biden administration of seeking “mass illegal immigration into this country.”
In an effort to deny aid to the Biden administration’s policy, DeSantis signed an executive order Tuesday barring Florida agencies from supporting the resettlement of immigrants who entered the United States irregularly. And also state agencies were required to match the cost of such migration. State.
He said Florida law enforcement is also encouraged to stop cars, buses and planes that may be carrying migrants from the southwest border.
“We are not going to be parties to this chaos,” he said.
The governor appointed former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Larry Keefe, as a public safety czar, to ensure actions as directed by the executive order.
Asked by reporters about the trial during a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters she had yet to see it, but the administration was open to talks.
“Any Republican or any member who wants to have a constructive conversation about a solution that we all agree is not a long-term sustainable, operational or ethical approach to immigration, we are happy with that conversation,” she said.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida denounced DeSantis’s moves as “xenophobic” and another example of her “seeking to dehumanize immigrants and asylum seekers”.
“In this country, we must welcome immigrants, not criminalize them,” it said via twitter.