Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined 14 other attorneys general on Monday file a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit to defend a policy of the Trump administration restricting illegal immigration. The attorneys general want the Donald Trump policy to continue beyond a court-ordered termination date of December 21, 2022.
“At the beginning of the Covid pandemiccried the Trump administration Section 265 of Title 42 of U.S. health law to restrict the entry of illegal immigrants into our country,” said AG Marshall. “Since Title 42 went into effect, it has prevented more than 1.7 million illegal entries into the US, significantly reducing illegal immigration and protecting the health of US citizens.”
“In April, after the Biden administration indicated it would no longer enforce the Title 42 policy, I along with nearly two dozen other states filed motions to keep the valuable policy in place so that US borders do not go further in. endangered,” explains Marshall. “While we were initially successful winning a preliminary injunction in May, a federal court in Washington, D.C. ruled against the Title 42 policy in November. After the Biden administration asked for a temporary extension to allow her to move from Title 42, the court set the end date of the policy as December 21, 2022.”
“Alabama and our partner states filed our motion on Nov. 21 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to intervene in the federal lawsuit defending the legal necessity of Title 42 to maintain U.S. border security,” Marshall continued. “Unfortunately, just as the Biden administration has shown little interest in defending our national borders, it has shown an equally shallow motivation to support federal rules that would do the same. Our states have no choice but to fight this battle on behalf of American security.”
Attorney General Marshall joined the motion to intervene by attorneys general from Arizona, Alaska, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming .
The conservative AGs argue that because invalidation of the Title 42 warrants will directly harm the states, they are now trying to step in to offer a defense of the Title 42 policy so that its validity can be resolved on the basis on the merits rather than through strategic surrender. They argue that this motion is clearly timely because it comes within a week of the federal defendants’ reversal — which made it clear that the interests of the states are no longer adequately represented by the Biden administration.
Both plaintiffs and defendants oppose this proposal.
Steve Marshall was re-elected earlier this month.
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