Attorney Generals from Arizona, Ohio, and Montana are suing the Department of Homeland Security over their immigration policy that they argue violates federal law by improperly halting most deportations.
The “Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law,” the states say, violates a legal requirement for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport anyone with a final order of removal against them within 90 days.
“This is a suit to enforce bedrock requirements of immigration and administrative law,” the lawsuit, filed Thursday reads.
“On September 30, 2021, in a brazen display of contempt for Congress’s statutory commands, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas—Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (‘DHS’)—announced a policy that abandons DHS’s duties to enforce or implement entire swaths of immigration law.”
“The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen therefore should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them,” the document says.
The lawsuit asks for the federal government to declare that the Permanent Guidance was issued in violation of the law, postpone the effective date, and prevent it from being applied.
Meanwhile President Biden’s poll numbers keep heading in the wrong direction.
The president’s approval rating stands at 36%, with disapproval at 53% in a new Quinnipiac University national poll. That’s the president’s worst evidence of public support in Quinnipiac polling since taking over in the White House in January.
Biden’s approval edged down a point and his disapproval trickled up a point from Quinnipiac’s October survey.
“The President’s numbers are unsettling,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy said on Fox News.
“What may be most concerning is that overall ‘satisfaction’ is at an all-time low, and, significantly, 50% of those polled are ‘very dissatisfied,’” Malloy Added.
“That is a gut punch, accompanied by the handling of the economy number which has dropped 5 points from 39% approval to 35% since October the 6th.”
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