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Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton on Thursday filed a lawsuit against President Joe Biden, accusing his administration of repealing a federal law preventing immigrants from receiving a green card if they could be dependent on public social services.
lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Victoria, it is argued that the Biden administration “seeks to advance its open borders policy by enacting a new agency rule that effectively nullifies federal law by excluding foreigners who could become a public charge.”
In 2019, the Trump administration expanded a rule allowing immigration officials to deny permanent resident status — also known as a green card — to immigrants if they previously received or expect to receive food assistance, Medicaid, housing assistance, or other government services. Benefits.
In 2021, the Biden administration ended this rule and in December 2022 introduced his own rule, which reflected 1999 policy it defined a public duty as a person who uses government cash assistance or is in a nursing facility for long-term care for the government’s pennies.
“The rule restores a historical understanding of the ‘community fee’ that existed for decades until the previous administration began considering fringe public health benefits such as Medicaid and nutritional assistance as part of the government fee ineligibility determination,” the Department said. . The Department of Homeland Security said in September when it announced its own rule. “The rule announced today speaks to the Biden administration’s desire to restore confidence in our legal immigration system.”
Paxton’s lawsuit, which alleges the Biden administration broke the law by repealing the Trump-era rule and enacting his 2022 rule, is asking a federal judge to suspend the new rule.
Since Biden took office two years ago, Texas has sued his administration more than 20 times, with most of the lawsuits related to immigration policy. Most of the lawsuits were filed in courtrooms overseen by a Trump-appointed judge.
“I have sued Biden over a dozen times to protect our southern border,” Paxton wrote on Thursday, adding, “I will continue to sue and win until he and his lawless Democrats follow the law.”
Paxton’s office succeeded in temporarily suspending some of the Biden administration’s immigration policies. More recently, Texas has joined the lawsuit brought by Arizona. forced the Biden administration continue to enforce the Emergency Medical Order, known as Title 42 deport migrants to Mexico without allowing them to seek asylum.