Florida files Supreme Court brief in case over Biden refusal to deport violent criminal aliens

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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a lawsuit filed by Texas and Louisiana seeking to halt an insane and dangerous Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy that leaves Americans as helpless sitting ducks to violent criminals.

The policy Moody wants changed limits federal agents from detaining and deporting dangerous criminal aliens and allowing them to remain in the U.S. and free to commit more crimes without severe consequences.

“Biden’s refusal to enact federal immigration laws passed by Congress is jeopardizing public safety,” Moody said, slamming Democrat Joe Biden and joining 18 other attorneys generals, who also filed a brief with the court in support of Texas and Louisiana’s case.

The disastrous and looney Biden policy is also draining resources meant to help American citizens by forcing state governments to spend money to clean up the mess of the Feds.

According to the brief, Florida spends more than $130 million a year incarcerating roughly 7,000 criminal foreign nationals. She says, however, the cost to taxpayers for law enforcement expenses, emergency medical services, and victims’ services is millions of dollars more.

“Not only are criminal aliens killing Floridians, but they are also trafficking people and drugs into Florida from Mexico, law enforcement officers throughout Florida have found. They’ve also seized enough fentanyl to kill everyone in Florida in the last few months.

Foreign nationals who’ve illegally entered the U.S. and who’ve been convicted of certain crimes are required by federal law to be detained and processed for removal after they are released from custody by law enforcement. This policy hasn’t been followed, Texas and Louisiana allege, because of guidance Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued last year drastically altering removal procedures,” Just the News reported, adding:

“Moody’s office has taken action against the Biden administration over immigration and border security since last March. She’s also led a coalition of AGs calling on Mayorkas to resign, claiming dereliction of duty.

In March 2021, Florida first sued over Biden administration directives suspending arrests and deportations of certain criminal aliens. On Jan. 20, President Joe Biden issued Executive Order 13993, Revisions of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and Priorities. Then, Mayorkas issued a temporary and then final guidance halting nearly all civil immigration enforcements and paused the removal of any noncitizen with a final order of removal for 100 days with subsequent directives.”

As a result, Moody argued, “convicted criminals in the country illegally – including drug traffickers, sex offenders and those convicted of domestic violence – will no longer be deported but instead remain in Florida free to commit further offenses.”

Moody has been working hard to clean up Florida. Just the News reported on the timeline of her actions for the state:

In September 2021, Florida joined 17 other states in filing an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit filed by Texas and Louisiana asking the court to prohibit the Biden administration from limiting nearly all deportations and immigration-related arrests, including for those convicted of serious and violent crimes. The Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments in this case later this month.

In January 2022, Florida joined a multi-state lawsuit against the Biden administration for its so-called Central America Minors program, which the AGs argue has worsened the border crisis. The policy allows previously banned minors from three Central American countries entry into the U.S. and allows them to bring family members and caregivers, bypassing the legal immigration process.

The CAM program is unlawful, violates Florida’s sovereignty, and places an undue burden on taxpayers, the AGs maintain.

In February 2022, Moody filed an amended complaint over the administration’s “Parole and Alternatives to Detention” plan after video surfaced of single adult men who’d illegally entered Texas and were unlawfully released were boarding buses in Brownsville to be transported north to other cities and states.

At the time, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized the Biden administration for “not only consciously refus[ing] to enforce immigration laws, but [for] also develop[ing] an operation to secretly resettle illegal aliens into communities across Florida and the rest of the United States. They’re doing this in the dark of night without any coordination with states, without any background checks, and without any efforts to initiate the legal process for their removal.”

Since then, the state legislature has authorized Florida to transport illegal foreign nationals out of Florida and allocated $12 million to do so.

In May 2022, U.S. District Judge T. Kent Wetherell rejected a Biden administration attempt to dismiss Florida’s first lawsuit, arguing Florida doesn’t have jurisdiction or the authority to determine how and what immigration statutes are enforced.

Wetherell disagreed, arguing that position “is as remarkable as it is wrong because it is well established that no one, not even the President, is above the law and the Court unquestionably has the authority to say what the law is and to invalidate the action of the executive branch that contravenes the law and/or the Constitution. Thus, if Florida’s allegations that Defendants are essentially flaunting the immigration laws are proven to be true, the Court most certainly can (and will) do something about it.”

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