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April 18, 2022

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Attorney General Steve Marshall Fights Biden’s Open Borders Agenda on Multiple Legal Fronts

(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall last week filed briefs in two major lawsuits aimed at blocking the Biden administration from scrapping two critical border protection measures initiated by President Trump. The legal actions seek to uphold both the “Remain in Mexico” and “Title 42” programs, which have been enormously effective in securing our borders.

“Two lower courts held that the Biden administration violated federal law in how it suspended the Remain in Mexico policy, and I joined a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold those decisions,” said Attorney General Marshall. “The Remain in Mexico policy has been a vital means of protecting Alabama and other states from the growing surge of illegal aliens from the nation’s southern border.

“Furthermore, I have filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent the Biden administration from hastily ending enforcement of Title 42, which since March 2020 has provided the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) additional authority to remove aliens attempting to cross the border. Though repealing Title 42 would lead to an even greater influx of illegal immigration that DHS is not presently equipped to handle, the Biden administration has pressed forward nonetheless.

“The White House’s illegal immigration failures are so out of control that Biden himself has reportedly lashed out at his staff over who he needs ‘to fire’ for the border crisis. He had better look in the mirror.

“While his own Homeland Security secretary has said the border situation is ‘worse now than it, frankly, has been in at least 20 years, if not ever,’ Joe Biden has only doubled down on his open borders agenda. He is shelving two of the most successful programs for keeping our borders secure. Biden dropped enforcement of Remain in Mexico on his first day in office and the result was a surge in border encounters from 78,000 in January 2021 to over 200,000 by July 2021. What’s more, the Biden administration has been releasing unprecedented numbers of illegal aliens all across America – over 750,000 from January 2021 to February 2022. Now, he wants to end the Title 42 measure. Since March 20, 2020, when Title 42 was invoked to protect our borders, it has prevented over 1.7 million illegal entries into the U.S.”

-Attorney General Marshall and 18 other attorneys general filed the amicus brief supporting the Remain in Mexico policy on April 14, 2022. The brief can be read here.

-Attorney General Marshall and 20 other attorneys general filed the lawsuit to enjoin the repeal of the Title 42 policy on April 14, 2022. The lawsuit can be read here.

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