Federal judge issues scathing rebuke of President Biden's border polici
From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Wed Mar 8 16:34:16 2023
By Adam Shaw , Brandon Gillespie , Bill Melugin , Kelly Laco
Published March 8, 2023
A federal judge in Florida on Wednesday struck down the Biden administration’s use of parole to mass release migrants into the U.S. interior, finding the practice unlawful and accusing the administration
of turning the border into a "meaningless line in the sand."
Judge T. Kent Wetherell ruled in response to a lawsuit from the state
of Florida, which alleged the administration’s mass release of tens of thousands of migrants via humanitarian parole into Alternatives to
Detention — known as "Parole + ATD" — is unlawful.
In a scathing opinion Wednesday, Wetherell stated the Biden
administration had "effectively turned the Southwest Border into a
meaningless line in the sand and little more than a speedbump for
aliens flooding into the country."
"Today’s ruling affirms what we have known all along, President Biden
is responsible for the border crisis and his unlawful immigration
policies make this country less safe. A federal judge is NOW ordering
Biden to follow the law, and his administration should immediately
begin securing the border to protect the American people," Republican
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said in a statement following the
The administration had been increasingly using parole — which the
statute says is supposed to be used on a "case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit" — to release
migrants quickly into the interior to reduce overcrowding at the border
as it deals with historic migrant numbers at the border. Florida
contended that the government is violating statutory mandates that
migrants be detained. The administration had argued that there is no "non-detention policy" and that it is using its prosecutorial
"The evidence establishes that Defendants have effectively turned the
Southwest Border into a meaningless line in the sand and little more
than a speedbump for aliens flooding into the country by prioritizing "alternatives to detention" over actual detention and by releasing more
than a million aliens into the country — on "parole" or pursuant to the exercise of "prosecutorial discretion" under a wholly inapplicable
statute — without even initiating removal proceedings," the judge said, siding with Florida.