The America First Legal Foundation has launched its first lawsuit since forming under the leadership of Senior Advisor to President Trump, Stephen Miller in March. The group of MAGA lawfare fighters has opened suit against the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for illegally withholding records from the American people, specifically those that implicate the Biden-Harris regime for the utter and deliberate negligence that has bred the Biden Border Crisis.
In a statement on AFLegal.Org, the Foundation wrote,
“In May, AFL filed a Freedom of Information Act request for ICE’s weekly enforcement reports following the publication of Departmental memos unconstitutionally suspending most deportations – including of dangerous criminals. Ninety-two percent of interior removals in FY20 were criminal aliens, underscoring that illegal and noncitizen criminals are the primary beneficiaries of these edicts.
Since no later than March 1, 2021, ICE has been preparing weekly reports as required by a February memo from Acting Director Tae Johnson. Each Friday, Biden Administration political officials receive a written report: (1) identifying each illegal alien removal in the prior week; (2) providing a narrative justification for the removal; and (3) identifying the date, time, and location of the removal.
In a nation with countless millions of illegal aliens, it is both ludicrous and unprecedented to require ICE officers to individually justify each removal to federal headquarters and political officials. “
The America First Lawsuit To Break Through The Paperwork Jam
The foundation went on to explain that the reporting requirement’s “almost certain intent and inevitable effect” is to chill or reduce enforcement of our immigration laws. This is achieved by making it so impossibly labor-intensive that the number of deportations must necessarily be reduced if only to allow for the requisite manpower needed to complete the paperwork! In essence, they’re killing the enforcement of our immigration laws through paper cuts… vicious ones. While they cannot prevent ICE from deporting illegal immigrants, they can certainly make it as difficult as humanly possible, and then hide that fact.
Via Twitter, America First Legal called it simply:
“A cover-up, pure and simple. DHS mandated the internal creation of these weekly ICE enforcement reports and now DHS is violating federal law to conceal these reports from the public in defiance of the Freedom of Information Act. AFL will get answers.”
A cover-up, pure and simple.
DHS mandated the internal creation of these weekly ICE enforcement reports and now DHS is violating federal law to conceal these reports from the public in defiance of the Freedom of Information Act.
AFL will get answers. https://t.co/4QWgW7VkkE
— America First Legal (@America1stLegal) August 13, 2021
When considered alongside the muzzling of ICE’s official Twitter accounts in March 2021, a very clear picture of the Biden-Harris regime’s efforts to keep the true scope of the border crisis hidden emerges. America First Legal intends to explode that picture across as many screens as possible. The American people deserve to know.