Paxton Sues Biden Administration Over Border Policy

Paxton Sues Biden Administration Over Border Policy

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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April 23, 2021

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Biden administration over U.S.-Mexico border policy for the fourth time. Paxton’s latest lawsuit claims that the administration is “encouraging the spread of COVID-19” at the southern border and asks a federal court to require the administration to expel migrants to Mexico under Title 42 from the Trump administration.

The lawsuit alleges that allowing migrants to congregate in large numbers violates CDC rules and the Immigration and Nationality Act which requires the detention of arriving migrants who might transmit disease. In a statement on Thursday, Paxton said the action “creates an undeniable crisis on our southern border.”

“This reckless policy change stifles the reopening of the Texas economy at a time when businesses need it the most and when our children need to get back to in-person learning as soon as possible,” Paxton said. “Law and order must be immediately upheld and enforced to ensure the safety of our communities and the reopening of the strongest economy of the country.”

He is asking a federal court to require the administration to expel migrants to Mexico under the Trump-era Title 42 rule.

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“More Texans will be exposed to COVID-19, more Texans will contract COVID-19, more Texans will die from COVID-19, and Texas will incur significant costs in terms of health care and law enforcement resources,” the lawsuit reads.

“As TX reopens, Joe Biden admin is allowing illegal aliens with COVID-19 into our communities, reversing the progress we’ve made,” tweeted Paxton. “Businesses will continue to struggle & our kids will be robbed of quality in-person education.”

The recent lawsuit is the fourth time Paxton has sued the Biden administration. In addition to suing over a deportation moratorium, Paxton has also sued Biden over procedures that reduce deportations of undocumented migrants, and over the administration’s decision to rescind a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at [email protected]
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