Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt Says Optimistic Ahead of Key Hearing in Case Challenging Biden Administration Reversal of Target " Remain-in-Mexico "policy, while he warns that move has fueled the crisis on the southern .
Missouri, along with Texas, is suing the Biden administration for its reversal of the program officially known as the name of Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), the Trump-era program that kept migrants in Mexico as they awaited their hearings.
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"We hope for a favorable ruling as it is clear that the Biden administration did not consider anything relevant to the way it was operating or notified and commented, and obviously we have a crisis now, "Schmitt told Fox News in an interview Wednesday " Anyone who cares knows we have a 21-year high in crossings, drug traffickers and human traffickers have been emboldened, and it affects not only Texas, but states like Missouri. "
The policy, put in place in agreement with Mexico, seen tens of thousands of migrants being kept in Mexico while waiting their hearing, instead of being released in the US Their asylum claims were dealt with in tent courts set up at points.
Opponents, including President Biden, have called the policy cruel because it places migrants in camps south of the and exposes them to violence. However, supporters said it was essential to end the "take-and-release" and drastically reduce migrant pull factors by barring migrants from entering the United States. United.
Now, with an ongoing crisis and an increase in the number of migrant migrants (over 188,000 in June), criminal illegal immigrants and drugs like fentanyl , Republicans accuse Biden of ending Trump-era policies such as wall building and MPP.
"This is because we have a porous where people, if they come here to seek asylum - unlike the president Trump where Mexico was sort of the waiting room while they waitedowed their hearing and due process - now they're in the US, released inside and never seen again, ”Schmitt said. "It 's not sustainable, it ' s a disaster.
Thursday 's hearing in federal district court will hear both sides of the case, and the judge will decide whether or not the Biden administration violated the law.
The lawsuit says the wave at the , encouraged by the end of the MPP, has inflicted severe costs on Texas as organized crime and drug cartels attack migrant communities and children through human trafficking, violence, extortion, sexual assault and exploitation. "
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Meanwhile, he says that thishas hurt Missouri's fight against human trafficking, and that "irresponsible security policies that invite and encourage human traffickers to exploit vulnerable victims is irreparably injuring Missouri and Missouri." other states. "
From a legal point of view, the case alleges that the 'administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and that the move was unconstitutional.
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"Most of the time when you do something like this, usually you have a period of notice and comment, you will take a number of factors into account to base your decision on, that's not at all what they did "said Schmitt.
" From a procedural point of view.ural, they broke the law and you are not being rewarded for it "
The case comes just days after a Texas judge ruled that the 2012 The program of 'Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was illegal and the Obama administration violated the APA by enacting it. The judge suspended new DACA approvals, although this did not happen. not affect existing recipients.
Thursday's deal is about re-implementing the MPP process, and Schmitt says he thinks they have a good chance of success.
"I 'm optimistic, I feel that we have the facts and the law on our side and I " I will take this any day of the week, "he said.
He also thoughtHow important it was that states like Missouri, which are not states like Texas or Arizona, be part of these lawsuits because it shows how states that are not closed to the are directly affected by the current crisis.
"Missouri has a robust interstate highway system, we have taken great care of this office to combat human trafficking, raids in different cities, we work with law enforcement, and you see the increase in human trafficking that takes place at the affecting states like Missouri - and we have an obligation to keep the feet of the Biden administration on fire this. "