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Arizona Sues Biden Administration Over Border Policies

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Republican Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sued the Biden Administration Monday, alleging the administration’s border policies were violating environmental regulations.

The suit was filed against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and federal officials for allegedly violating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Brnovich alleges halting construction on the border wall violated the NEPA.

The motion asks the court to deem Biden’s order halting border construction and ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy as void. (RELATED: 40 GOP Senators Allege Biden’s Border Wall Freeze Is Illegal)

“It’s the pinnacle of hypocrisy for the Biden Administration to claim it wants to protect our environment, while not enforcing federal statutes that are specifically designed for that purpose,” Brnovich said in a statement. “We’re not going to sit idly by as the Biden Administration ignores real harms to our state resulting from its heavy-handed executive orders.”

Brnovich said halting border wall construction has led migrants to cross into Arizona “in greater numbers than ever before.” Brnovich said population growth has “significant environmental impacts” and the Biden Administration “did not provide environmental impact statements or environmental assessments” when they halted Trump-era policies.

A photo taken on March 30, 2021 shows a general view of an unfinished section of a border wall that former US president Donald Trump tried to build near the southern Texas border city of Roma. - The 11,000 inhabitants of the Texas border town Roma have been living with illegal immigrants for decades. Many have mixed feelings about the new arrivals: empathy and compassion on the one hand - especially since many of their family members also arrived in the United States illegally - but also concern and fear about the growing number of migrants in recent months. Sometimes 500 per night, many of them families or unaccompanied minors. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP) (Photo by ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images)

A photo taken on March 30, 2021 shows a general view of an unfinished section of a border wall that former US president Donald Trump tried to build near the southern Texas border city of Roma. -(ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images)

He also alleged the administration did not provide any policy impact related to the ‘Remain in Mexico‘ policy which forced asylum seekers to make their asylum claim from Mexico or another country.