Immigration Groups Sue Biden Admin Over Border Directive

( – On June 4, President Joe Biden made a proclamation about securing the US border — a hot-button issue during this election season in America. While the US leader admitted that he would’ve rather Congress pass legislation to improve immigration, the legislature had thus far failed to act in a bipartisan manner. Biden’s order limited migrant entry into the US on a temporary basis. Immigration groups then turned to the courts.

On June 12, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on behalf of two immigration groups — the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) and the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center (Las Americas). The legal complaint accused the Executive Branch of overreach, stating only Congress has the power to place limitations on immigration. It stated that the president can’t bar “noncitizens from asylum based on their manner of entry” into the US.

The suit named DHS, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the DOJ, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and five other individuals as defendants in the case. The plaintiffs stated that America has long been a shelter for “refugees seeking a haven from persecution,” indicating that the president’s recent proclamation flies in the face of that historical standard. Melissa Crow, director of litigation at the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, insisted that the administration was running “roughshod over [US] laws and treaty obligations.”

A DHS spokesperson responded to the suit that the order from the Biden Administration followed the law. The statement said the proclamation is already impacting the border issues and is “critical to strengthening border security.” The spokesperson said the government intends to keep moving forward with the new rules while the issue plays out in the courts.

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