Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced Wednesday that he has joined a coalition of 16 states to stop the Biden administration’s “Interim Guidance,” which Carr said “drastically and intentionally” curtails enforcement of immigration laws.
Carr announced this in a press release.
The policy halts nearly all deportations and immigration-related arrests, including for those convicted of dangerous aggravated felonies. The coalition is asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to deny the Biden administration’s request for a stay pending appeal. This, so that U.S. President Joe Biden’s refusal to enforce immigration laws will stop while the administration’s appeal is ongoing, the press release said.
“These actions by the Administration are encouraging illegal border crossings and putting our Nation at risk,” Carr said in the press release.
“We joined this coalition because our national security must be ensured, and the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws is a critical component of keeping all Americans safe.”
In their amicus brief, the attorneys general detail how they say the Interim Guidance is fueling the border crisis and directly harming their states.
“The Administration’s refusal to enforce immigration laws is creating enormous law enforcement expenses for the states. Additionally, the interim guidance is posing a serious public safety risk to citizens,” the press release said.
Joining Carr are attorneys general from Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia, the press release said.
The Biden administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an order last week demanding that immigration judges no longer use the term “alien” when referring to illegal aliens in court or in their written opinions, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
The order, first issued on July 23rd, came from a DOJ official named Jean King. King’s order applies to all 539 immigration judges in the country, and orders them to instead use more politically correct terms, such as “respondent, applicant, petitioner, beneficiary, migrant, noncitizen, or non-U.S. citizen.” “Alien” has been the correct terminology for anyone who enters the United States illegally ever since the Immigration and Nationality Act, which defines an alien as “any person not a citizen or national of the United States.”
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