Texas is suing the White House after President Biden repeals Trump’s “migrant protection protocols”
Texas said the move has led to a surge in illegal immigration along the US-Mexico border.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed another lawsuit against the Biden administration, alleging that the White House’s decision to trace former President Trump’s “migrant protection protocols” sparked a new wave of illegal immigration.
The Austin American-Statesmen report that the lawsuit is Paxton’s third immigration-related lawsuit against the Biden government – and the second filed last week.
The Migrant Protection Protocols, as LegalReader.com has already written, mandate that most non-Mexican asylum seekers must remain in Mexico while their petitions are processed.
While the Protocols require Mexico to provide humanitarian resources and assistance to asylum seekers, critics of the program have long claimed that the United States’ southern neighbor is ill-equipped to protect undocumented immigrants and other persecuted people. Cartels have allegedly fallen victim to asylum seekers waiting to enter the United States. Many of them are forced to wait months for their first asylum hearings.
In his lawsuit against the Biden administration, however, Attorney General Paxton said the so-called MPPs had reduced the financial and human burden on civil servants to enforce immigration regulations.
A 2013 picture of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Image via Wikimedia Commons / User: Alice Linahan Voices Empower. (CCA-BY-2.0).
By ending the MPPs, Paxton said President Joe Biden has contributed to a recent surge in immigration, illegal entry and asylum applications.
“President Biden could immediately put an end to the influx of crime across our border,” said Paxton. “We cannot allow this lawlessness to destroy our communities any longer.
“President Biden must act,” he added.
Biden, according to the Austin American-Statesmen, began phasing out the MPPs shortly after taking office.
Biden’s government has broadly claimed that migrant protection protocols are inhumane, forcing tens of thousands of asylum seekers to live in poor conditions along the border while their cases are slowly processed.
Immigration advocates have also said that many asylum seekers – many of whom have fled gang violence in Central America – face criminal exploitation while waiting.
Prior to his election, Biden criticized the MPPs, saying Trump was the first president in American history to force refugees to stay abroad while their claims are being heard.
“This is the first president in the history of the United States of America to say that anyone who seeks asylum must do so in another country,” Biden said during the presidential debates in October. “That has never happened in America.”
Nonetheless, Paxton is calling on the courts to issue a nationwide injunction against the government’s suspension of the MPPs.
In his lawsuit, Paxton said the Biden administration has violated the formalities of the U.S. Administrative Procedure Act – a Trump-era deal that requires the federal government to seek approval from Texas on front of and other border states before drastically revising existing immigration policies becomes.
“Dangerous criminals take advantage of failure to prosecute and it leads to human trafficking, smuggling, a host of violent crimes, and a massive, unprecedented burden on state and federal programs that taxpayers have to pay the bill for,” Paxton said.
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