Arizona Attorney General Requests Injunction To Combat Pause On Border Wall Construction

By Jake Dima July 14, 2021 | Image Source: Washington Examiner

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is requesting a federal court put a temporary pause on the Biden administration’s efforts to stop the construction of a southern border wall.

The Republican prosecutor filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court in Arizona on Monday, as well as an updated complaint, as part of a lawsuit claiming the Department of Homeland Security and other federal authorities were in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act “through their destructive immigration policies.”

Brnovich’s team alleged the federal government “did not provide the required NEPA environmental impact statements or environmental assessments” when Biden halted construction on the border wall on his first day in the Oval Office.

The attorney general also slammed Biden’s repeal of the Migrant Protection Protocols, a Trump-era policy that allowed U.S. authorities to return those suspected of illegal immigration to Mexico for the duration of their court proceedings. He said the two orders have resulted in an “unprecedented” surge of migrants.

“These two actions, combined with the federal government’s lax immigration enforcement and loosening of border security, have led to an unprecedented number of migrants illegally crossing the southwest border,” Brnovich wrote.

“There is no doubt that the Biden Administration’s immigration policies are causing a humanitarian, public safety, and environmental crisis at our border,” he added. “I will do everything I can to stop their destructive actions and protect Arizona.”

Brnovich, who initially sued DHS in April over alleged NEPA violations, asked for a preliminary injunction to restore contracts related to the construction of the border wall, require the administration to analyze the environmental effects of its policies, and largely reverse the Migrant Protection Protocol order until such a review is complete.

At the time the lawsuit was first revealed, the attorney general’s office estimated each migrant who crosses the border leaves approximately eight pounds of trash, including human waste, medical products, plastic containers, and vehicles.

Brnovich’s lawsuit is one of several that seek to undo Biden’s early immigration orders. In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton secured a temporary pause on the 46th president’s 100-day moratorium on deportations, a move that has since been extended by a federal judge.

Also in the Lone Star State, Gov. Greg Abbott announced last month his intent for Texas authorities to build a border wall without assistance from the federal government after former President Donald Trump ran out of time to fortify the area. Abbott, however, may face a slew of legal obstacles and logistical headaches before the move can come to fruition, experts told the Washington Examiner.

“There’s a reason why there’s been a delay in kind of announcing what exactly this will look like,” said Mike Howell, senior adviser for government relations at the conservative Heritage Foundation and former lawyer at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the General Counsel. “That’s because it’s going to be a difficult, difficult thing to do.”

Author: Jake Dima

Source: Washington Examiner: Arizona attorney general requests injunction to combat pause on border wall construction