Texas, Louisiana Sue Biden Admin for Its Alleged Refusal to Take Custody of Criminal Illegal Immigrants

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Texas, Louisiana Sue Biden Admin for Its Alleged Refusal to Take Custody of Criminal Illegal Immigrants

Texas, Louisiana Sue Biden Admin for Its Alleged Refusal to Take Custody of Criminal Illegal Immigrants

Attorneys general from Texas and Louisiana on Tuesday took the Biden administration to court alleging that it is refusing to take custody of illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes after the administration set rules narrowing its immigration enforcement priorities.

The states are seeking to block two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memorandums issued early in the administration that established “interim enforcement priorities,” which narrowed immigration enforcement to three categories: individuals who have been engaged in or suspected of terrorism or espionage; immigrants who crossed into the United States illegally on or after Nov. 1, 2020; and individuals convicted of an “aggravated felony.”

The attorneys general argue that the memoranda failed to prioritize detention of criminal aliens with final orders of removal, criminal aliens convicted of drug offenses, or criminal aliens convicted of crimes of moral turpitude.

The result of implementing the two memoranda, the lawsuit argues, has led to the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rescinding detainer requests related to incarcerated criminal aliens, not issuing detainer requests for illegal aliens subject to mandatory removal, and the release of such individuals from federal detention facilities in Louisiana and Texas.

“As a consequence, dangerous criminal aliens are being released into local communities,” the lawsuit (pdf) argues.

The states say the refusal to detain criminal aliens who have committed drug offenses of crimes of moral turpitude violates federal law. The attorneys general said that their states have taken measures to keep some of the criminal aliens in custody in response to the situation at the expense of state taxpayers.

“President Biden’s outright refusal to enforce the law is exacerbating an unprecedented border crisis. By failing to take custody of criminal aliens and giving no explanation for this reckless policy change, the Biden... (Read more)