Immigrant rights advocates are pressing against Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s attempts to block President Joe Biden’s recent changes to US immigration policy.
On Tuesday, a coalition of immigration and Latino advocacy groups announced a lawsuit against Brnovich’s office. The complaint, according to The Associated Press, was filed by the Mexican-American Legal Protection and Education Fund on behalf of the Arizona-based Puente human rights movement Chicanos Por La Causa and the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project.
Each of these groups, according to The Associated Press, provides a variety of legal and social services to Arizona immigrants.
MALDEF’s lawsuit seeks to tackle a policy left behind by President Donald Trump.
In the dwindling days of the Trump administration, senior federal officials signed agreements with various state governments that allowed predominantly Republican-led regimes along the U.S.-Mexico border to request consultations before changes were made to immigration policies.
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That agreement, the AP said, gave states a 180-day window of time to contest federal immigration policies after President Trump stepped down from office.
Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF, said it was disappointing that Brnovich and other Arizona leaders are trying to override the general election results by adhering to Trump-era immigration rules.
But Brnovich and his representatives were quick to respond to the lawsuit, suggesting that immigration activists actively ignore the realities of the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We are still investigating the complaint,” said Brnovich spokeswoman Katie Conner. “It is disappointing that there is a humanitarian crisis on the border and plaintiffs don’t seem to care about the impact it is having.”
For his part, Brnovich has accused the Biden administration of attempting to release “violent criminals” to Arizona.
“If asked about the worst policy decision I have ever seen in government, it would be a strong contender,” Brnovich said. “The blind release of thousands of people, including convicted criminals and those potentially spreading COVID-19 in our state, is both incomprehensible and a violation of federal law. This must stop now to avoid a dangerous humanitarian crisis for the immigrants and the people of Arizona. “
Brnovich’s lawsuit comes in response to two separate federal memos ordering a 100-day “break” for deportations.
However, the revised immigration policy specifically instructs the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Service to prioritize the arrest, arrest, and deportation of undocumented immigrants convicted of violent crimes, known gang members, or otherwise at risk to be granted for national security.
The break also does not apply to migrants caught trying to cross the border on or after November 1st.
Still, Brnovich’s office claims that any deportation pause is in violation of applicable federal law that requires any migrant served with a definitive deportation warrant to be removed from the United States within 100 days.
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