As the border crisis continues, Texas is seeking to permanently block a new Biden administration rule that allows asylum seekers to avoid deportation at the border.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the lawsuit on Thursday, requesting the rule be blocked and be declared unconstitutional.
“The last thing TX needs is Biden to make it easy for aliens to break into USA through false claims,” Paxton wrote in a tweet, along with a Fox News article obtaining the lawsuit. “We know what’ll happen when the rule goes into effect: new waves of illegals claiming ‘asylum.’ I’m suing to stop it.”
The last thing TX needs is Biden to make it easy for aliens to break into USA through false claims. We know what’ll happen when the rule goes into effect: new waves of illegals claiming “asylum.” I’m suing to stop it. @America1stLegal @StephenM https://t.co/ZoTCHBXhNl
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) April 28, 2022
“Unsatisfied with releasing over 836,225 illegal aliens into the United States within fifteen months—not counting the number of unaccompanied alien children released separately, and aliens who have evaded apprehension—on March 29, 2022, the Defendants promulgated an Interim Final Rule to release even more illegal aliens into our country,” the lawsuit states. “The Interim Rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act (‘APA’), the Homeland Security Act, and the Immigration and Nationality Act (‘INA’), and it violates the Appointments Clause in Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution.”
“The State of Texas respectfully requests that this Court issue declaratory, preliminary, and permanent injunctive relief,” the lawsuit adds.
The news comes the same day that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) that he did not know if some of the 42 illegal immigrants on the terrorism watch list that were in the custody of border officials had been released into the United States.
“Have any of the 42 illegal migrants on the terrorist watch list or no-fly list encountered on our southwest border been released into the United States?” Jordan asked.
“I will provide that data to you with respect to the disposition of each one,” Mayorkas responded. “I do not know the answer to your question.”
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