Ashley Moody Sues Biden Administration Over the Asylum Rule

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, along with a coalition of 13 other states, is taking legal action against the Biden administration over an immigration rule.

Moody is challenging the Asylum Rule, which largely removes federal immigration judges from the asylum review process, and instead gives officers within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security authority.

“The new policy not only violates federal laws and bypasses Congress, but also drastically erodes asylum integrity safeguards,” Moody’s office insisted,

Joe Biden continues his assault on common-sense immigration policies with this push to eliminate a crucial safeguard in the asylum-seeking process—making it substantially easier for unauthorized, unvetted migrants to enter the country. I’m taking action, with 13 of my fellow attorneys general, to stop this disastrous plan,” Moody said last week.

“The Biden administration published the Asylum Rule in late March, which applies to new arrivals at U.S. borders who are making asylum claims. Federal law requires that immigration judges within the Department of Justice make the final determinations for migrants’ asylum claims. However, under the new rule, that power would be largely transferred to DHS asylum officers, a violation of federal law. This would eliminate immigration judges from the review process in most cases and replace them with individuals that are far more susceptible to political control within an administration, guaranteeing an increase in the rate of false asylum claims being granted,” Moody’s office noted. “The attorneys general argue that the Biden administration did not follow the Administrative Procedure Act when promulgating the rule by offering arbitrary and capricious reasoning, and changing the final rule so completely from the proposed rule as to deny the public a meaningful chance to comment on it before issuance. Indeed, the changes are so significant that more than 3,100 words are required to even summarize the changes, which include at least 23 significant amendments by the Biden administration’s own count.”

The attorneys general filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Along with Moody, the attorneys general of the following states signed onto the complaint: Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

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