TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Today, a federal judge sided with Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, ruling that President Joe Biden is responsible for the border crisis claiming the president effectively turned the southwest border into “little more than a speedbump.”
In a scathing 100-plus-page opinion, U.S. District Judge T. Kent Wetherell ruled that Biden’s catch-and-release policy is unlawful. The judge gave the administration seven days to comply with federal immigration law.
“Today’s ruling affirms what we have known all along, President Biden is responsible for the border crisis and his unlawful immigration policies make this country less safe. A federal judge is NOW ordering Biden to follow the law, and his administration should immediately begin securing the border to protect the American people,” Attorney General Ashley Moody told The Florida Standard.
The final order from Judge Wetherell of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Florida states:
“The Court finds in favor of Florida because, as detailed below, the evidence establishes that Defendants have effectively turned the Southwest Border into a meaningless line in the sand and little more than a speedbump for aliens flooding into the country by prioritizing ‘alternatives to detention’ over actual detention and by releasing more than a million aliens into the country – on ‘parole’ or pursuant to the exercise of ‘prosecutorial discretion’ under a wholly inapplicable statute – without even initiating removal proceedings.”
BIDEN ADMIN WITHHELD EVIDENCE
The case went to trial in January and lasted a week. On day one of the trial, the Florida Attorney General’s legal team presented bombshell evidence that the federal government wrongfully withheld until just before the trial. Uncovered Department of Homeland Security emails contained information that the Biden administration’s destruction of the Trump administration’s immigration structures left the U.S. Border Patrol with no other options except to release almost all immigrants encountered.
The final order also states:
“Collectively, these actions were akin to posting a flashing ‘Come In, We’re Open’ sign on the southern border. The unprecedented ‘surge’ of aliens that started arriving at the Southwest Border almost immediately after President Biden took office and that has continued unabated over the past two years was a predictable consequence of these actions.”
“Thus, like a child who kills his parents and then seeks pity for being an orphan, it is hard to take Defendants’ claim that they had to release more aliens into the country because of limited detention capacity seriously when they have elected not to use one of the tools provided by Congress in §1225(b)(2)(C) and they have continued to ask for less detention capacity in furtherance of their prioritization of ‘alternatives to detention’ over actual detention.”
To read the final order, click here.