Florida’s lawsuit against the Biden administration’s “catch-and-release” policy will move forward following a ruling Wednesday from a federal judge who said Biden’s border policies have created “little more than a speedbump” for illegal migrants.
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled that the state’s case can proceed after it was filed in 2021, Fox News reported.
The Sunshine State argued that President Joe Biden’s catch-and-release border policies harmed Florida’s “quasi-sovereign interests” and violated federal immigration law.
Florida Republicans Attorney General Ashley Moody and Gov. Ron DeSantis filed the case to “uphold the rule of law despite the Biden administration’s decision to violate the law.”
Judge T. Kent Wetherell said in his ruling on Wednesday that the court was “wholly unpersuaded” by the Biden administration’s arguments and called the White House’s policy “as remarkable as it is wrong,” according to the ruling, which Fox obtained.
Wetherell wrote that the Biden administration has “adopted and are implementing policies that contravene explicit mandates and restrictions in the immigration statutes and that the policies have effectively turned the southern border into little more than a speedbump for the hundreds of thousands of aliens who have flooded across the border into the country since January 2021 and the thousands more who are arriving at the border daily.”
Moody celebrated the court’s decision.
“Today’s order is a huge win in our fight to force the Biden administration to fix the crisis by following the law,” Moody told the outlet.
“As the order states, ‘not even the President is above the law,’ and I look forward to advancing our case to hold the Biden administration accountable for ignoring public-safety immigration laws and turning our nation’s last bastion of protection into nothing more than a speedbump,” she said.
The Biden administration is facing other immigration-related lawsuits. Fourteen Republican attorneys general, including Moody, filed a lawsuit last week accusing the White House of changing immigration policies created by Congress.