The State of Texas, with the help of elders President TrumpDonald TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief for Iranian government GOP lawmaker calls for FBI review, says baseball shots were ‘cop suicide’ House passes bill to end Trump’s future travel ban PLUS help Stephen millerStephen MillerGOP thinks Democrats gave them Sunday the winning 2022 campaign preview: Russia, US currency sanctions; tensions around the police are increasing; Vaccination campaign continues Democrats: Former Trump aide Miller should be jailed for human rights violations READ MORE, filed another complaint contesting President BidenJoe BidenCornyn and Sinema to Introduce Bill to Combat Rise of Harris Border to North Triangle Region in June Biden Expected to Formally Recognize Armenian Genocide: Report READ MOREImmigration policy on Thursday, turning to the courts to force the administration to deport all migrants using a law that allows for rapid deportation in the name of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Biden administration relied heavily on a Trump-era “Title 42” rule to quickly deport the majority of those attempting to cross the southern border, but it made exceptions for unaccompanied children and some. families.
The Texas lawsuit argues that “the administration’s abandonment of its authority” under the law means that “the more Texans will be exposed to Covid-19, the more Texans will contract Covid-19, the more Texans will die from Covid-19 and Texas will incur significant costs in terms of healthcare and law enforcement resources.
In March alone, the Biden administration used its Title 42 authorities to deport more than 100,000 of the 172,000 people who crossed the southwest border, many of whom were single adults. More than 68,000 others have been deported under Title 8, which allows the deportation of those who violate immigration law by entering the country between points of entry.
Nonetheless, the Biden administration faces record numbers of children in government detention and is pushing to ensure proper coronavirus protocols at its facilities and for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) workers.
As of Wednesday, the government had more than 21,000 children in detention.
The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the North Texas District, argues that the Biden administration violated the Administrative Procedures Act, among other laws, and seeks an injunction to force DHS to ” return all covered aliens to Mexico ”or detain them for at least 14 days prior to release.
DHS did not respond to the request for comment. But administration officials have repeatedly said they will not use Title 42 or any other law that leaves children stranded alone across the border.
“We have a number of unaccompanied minors, children who arrive in the country without their families. What we are not doing, what the last administration did, is separate these children, tear them from their parents’ arms at the border. We don’t do that, ”White House press secretary Jen psakiJen PsakiHillicon Valley: Tech companies defend themselves at Senate hearing | Seven House Republicans pledge to reject big-tech donations Immunization slowdown could threaten recovery New signs of progress emerge on police reform READ MORE said in February.
“These children, we have several options. We can send them home and take a dangerous journey home. We don’t do that either. It also puts them in danger. We can quickly transfer them from CBP to these facilities run by HHS, ”she added, referring to US Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Critics have called the Texas lawsuit an attack on children, given that the Title 42 exemptions have largely been granted to minors.
“There is no lower order than the one who spends his day finding ways to attack children running for their lives,” said Jorge Loweree, director of policy at the American Immigration Council.
The lawsuit is one of several lawsuits by the Lone Star State, which also challenged the Biden administration’s detention policy allowing immigration and customs officials to ask local authorities to detain convicts of foreign nationality up to 48 hours after the end of their prison sentence. The state has also sued President Biden for overturning Trump’s “stay in Mexico” policy prohibiting people from seeking asylum in the United States.
But it is one of America’s first First Legal, a group founded by Miller to help conservative causes.
Miller has been credited with shaping the Trump administration’s child separation policy.
The Biden administration has launched a family reunification task force to return more than 500 children who remain separated from their parents.
DHS Secretary Alejandro mayorkasAlejandro Mayorkas Biparty group of senators hold immigration talks amid border push Justice Department convenes task force to tackle wave of Biden ransomware attacks to offer 22,000 additional guest worker visas, 6K targeting the Northern Triangle said last month that families separated under the policy should be allowed to reunite and stay in the United States if they choose to do so.