White House and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials are being sued by the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich over their harmful immigration orders. The lawsuit also requests the courts void President Joe Biden’s executive orders to stop the border wall construction.
Epoch Times reports:
Brnovich is arguing in court (pdf) that those orders have violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires federal agencies like the DHS to weigh environmental considerations before taking any significant federal action.
The DHS and federal officials, however, did not provide environmental impact statements or environmental assessments after the agency stopped construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall and started permitting entry to illegal immigrants after ending the Migrant Protection Protocols, the Remain in Mexico policy that was started under the Trump administration, according to Brnovich’s office.
“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,” said the attorney general on Monday. “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.”
“Although those immigration policies undeniably have significant effects on the environment, Defendants have not even attempted to comply with NEPA,” Brnovich continued.
The office said that thousands of illegal immigrants have settled in Arizona after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and would otherwise have not done so if the wall was still being constructed and the Remain in Mexico policy was still in effect.
“Migrants, like everyone else, need housing, infrastructure, hospitals, and schools. They drive cars, purchase goods, and use public parks and other facilities. All of these activities have significant environmental impacts, including displacement of undeveloped lands and additional air emissions. But although courts have repeatedly recognized that these impacts must be analyzed under NEPA, DHS has never even attempted to do so,” the AG declared.
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