On Tuesday, Ron DeSantis, the Florida Republican Governor, announced the latest lawsuit against the Biden government over its immigration policy. The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Customs & Border Protection, and the Department of Homeland Security are among the offenders named in the complaint. Moreover, the lawsuit, while unlikely to bring any quick change to the border policy of the Biden government, adds to the hardline immigration messaging of DeSantis as he looks to position himself as contrary to Democratic President Joe Biden on the state political stage on crucial issues from immigration to the coronavirus pandemic.
By signing the Biden Border Crisis Executive Order, I am working to hold this administration and the federal government accountable for refusing to enforce the immigration laws of this country. pic.twitter.com/J338gm595Y
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 28, 2021
At a Tuesday press conference, DeSantis told reporters that they are in a situation where they have a crisis on the country’s southern border. He also highlighted steps he is taking to counter the White House on issues regarding immigration policies. Florida Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody filed the lawsuit in Pensacola, Florida, on Tuesday. It claims that under the cash and release immigration policy, migrants who the Biden government illegally releases are arriving or will arrive in Florida. As a result, it harmed the Florida state’s quasi-sovereign interests and forced it to suffer millions of dollars in expenses.
Consequently, the lawsuit partly seeks to consider unlawful the release of unregistered migrants subject to obligatory detention and the paroling of undocumented immigrants without engaging in case-by-case judgment or complying with the other limits on that authority. Furthermore, the complaint also challenges what it called a failure to initiate removal proceedings against simply barred undocumented immigrants being released into the United States.
Catch and Release Immigration Policy
The policy refers to the practice of releasing some illegal immigrants considered not to be flight risks and not risky on their own recognizance or with tracking tech following arrest. However, several illegal immigrants result in living in the United States for many years because of the country’s deeply reserved immigration court system. Moreover, the White House referred CNN to the U.S. Justice Department, which denied to comment on the request of the channel.
The Floridan governor also signed an executive order on Tuesday that sets out how state agencies of Florida should approach and execute several policies regarding illegal immigrants. Additionally, DeSantis gave the responsibility to a former U.S. attorney Larry Keefe as Public Safety Czar to ensure the actions by his executive order, along with many other things carried out.