A group of fourteen attorneys general — led by Arizona, Louisiana and Missouri — filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Biden administration for changing congressional-established immigration policies regarding the asylum process.
Attorneys general from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Carolina joined the court case.
Attorneys general are asking the court to stop an administrative rule change that will transform the asylum and parole process, making it easier to release more illegal immigrants.
The rule change “largely removes federal immigration judges from the asylum review process and instead gives asylum officers within the Department of Homeland Security unprecedented authority to grant asylum. migrant asylum,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said. “The new rule not only violates federal laws and circumvents Congress, but also significantly erodes asylum integrity guarantees. »
The lawsuit names Attorney General Merrick Garland, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review David Neil, Secretary of DHS Alejandro Mayorkas, Troy Miller, Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tae Johnson, Director of Services U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Department Ur Jaddou, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz and their respective agencies as defendants.
The attorneys general argue that the changes violate the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Homeland Security Act, the Secured Fences Act of 2006 and the Administrative Procedure Act, just the news reports.
If the administration’s repeal of Title 42 enforcement is not halted by the courts, the new asylum changes would go into effect eight days later, the attorneys general point out, causing “a massive increase illegal immigration and unfounded asylum applications”. The timing would lead to “an exponential increase in illegal border crossings”, they claim, which will “pile crisis upon crisis”.