Arizona’s attorney general said Wednesday that his state is suing the Biden administration over a border policy that he argues refuses to deport convicted felons.
“This has to be one of the dumbest all time things coming out of Washington, D.C.,” Mark Brnovich told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
“We are asking for a preliminary injunction. We want the federal judge to basically say the Biden administration has to follow federal law [and deport convicted felons],” he said. “We’re going to see these caravans, we’re going to have humanitarian crisis on the border because everyone thinks they will be allowed into this country.” (RELATED: ‘It’s Incompetence’: Former ICE Chief Says Biden Administration Has Turned Border Detention Centers Into ‘Welcoming Centers’)
The attorney general claimed that “there are nearly a million people who have deportation orders” now residing in the U.S. and that federal law demands their deportation.
“Instead what the Biden administration is doing is literally releasing convicted felons, people accused of crimes, people who haven’t been tested for COVID-19 into our communities. It’s overwhelming the border.”
Brnovich said the Biden border policy “is actually endangering migrants because it is encouraging more illegal immigration to the country,” many of which he says are “people charged with crimes, being released into our communities.”
He cited an example from Tuesday of “a federal judge in Texas [who] had asked the Biden Department of Justice what was going on with deportations. He said there literally have been people convicted of felonies that are in prison that are set for deportation that want to be deported and the Biden administration is refusing to deport them.”
President Joe Biden’s immigration reforms could create a spike of migrants from Central America, according to one expert’s analysis in January, and some unaccompanied children are not being sent back across the border.
The Biden administration is using a private detention facility from the Trump era to gather migrant children. The Department of Homeland Security would not say whether conditions in that camp will be any different than they were under the previous administration, according to previous reporting by the Daily Caller News Foundation. (RELATED: ‘We Should Be Stopping This’: Mark Morgan Says Biden Border Policy Is Empowering Cartels, Border Smuggling)
Under Biden’s non-deportation rules, immigrants can’t be deported if they get a DUI or commit fraud, tax crimes or assault, Fox News reported.
Biden’s 8-year path to citizenship plan would allow all illegal immigrants living in the U.S. as of Jan. 1, 2021 to achieve temporary legal status in five years and to apply for citizenship after an additional three years.