Three state attorneys general have sued the administration of President Joe Biden over a memo ordering immigration agents not to arrest many illegal immigrants inside the United States.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, all Republicans, argue that the directive from Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mallorcas is “blatant disrespect for Congressional statutory orders.”
Biden’s candidate Mallorcas wrote on September 30 that illegal presence in the country was not a sufficient reason to arrest the agents.
Estimates of illegal immigrants within the United States range from 11 million to over 14 million.
Mallorcas said agents lack the resources to track down so many illegal immigrants and urged ICE agents to act with caution when arresting.
According to the guidelines, only illegal immigrants who pose a threat to national security, pose a threat to public security, or pose a threat to border security should be removed.
In a new lawsuit, attorneys general say the memo signifies an end to federal immigration law, with a few exceptions.
“Despite the clear mandate of federal statutory law, defendants believe that there are literally no restrictions on their powers, and they can release individuals, including those accused or convicted of crimes, even if the immigration courts have already ordered their expulsion from the United States. States, “they said.
The lawsuit expresses concern that illegal aliens charged or convicted of crimes will be released as a result of the memorandum, further highlighting institutions such as hospitals that are already under strain from the COVID-19 pandemic. Montana law enforcement officials fear that the guidance will lead to an increase in drug trafficking, while Ohio officials believe they will have to “fight the rise in crime as foreigners will be released from custody.
The lawsuit asks the court to declare the guidelines in violation of federal law and permanently prohibit the federal government from applying them. It was filed in Cincinnati federal court.
“The Biden administration continues to pursue its reckless open border policy with shocking disregard for the law and the safety of American families,” Brnovich said in a statement. “His latest governing body will essentially abolish ICE, even as the escalation of crime and atrocities is spreading across our borders and into communities across the country. Along with Ohio and Montana, Arizona has filed a lawsuit to challenge and reverse this deeply flawed policy that could further devastate our country. ”
Majorcas defended the memo in front of the Senate Collegium this week, claiming it comes from “a vast experience, not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security, but also as a federal prosecutor.”
About 1.2 million illegal immigrants who have been ordered to deport cannot be removed, Majorcas said, not to mention the rest of those illegally in the country.
When asked if he believes any of these should be removed by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), he said, “I do believe that people who pose a threat to public safety pose a threat to national security, who pose a threat border security. must be removed, and we must be smart and efficient in the use of resources, and we must focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal. “