Florida redoubles lawsuit against government for releasing migrants at the border

The Florida Attorney General’s Office (USA) reinforced this Wednesday a lawsuit filed against the federal government for, in its opinion, releasing undocumented immigrants detained on the southeastern border of the country "without even starting the legal process for their expulsion".

"The (Joe) Biden Administration has not only consciously refused to enforce immigration laws but has also developed an operation to secretly resettle illegal aliens in communities in Florida and the rest of the United States"state Governor Ron DeSantis said in a statement.

The amendment to the lawsuit comes after press reports reported that dozens of adult immigrants were transferred to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) station in Brownsville, Texas, where they were apparently released.

A Fox News report indicates that these immigrants left the ICE facilities in several taxis heading to a nearby airport, from where they planned to fly to cities within the United States, some to Florida.

The amendment is to a lawsuit filed in September 2021 against the immigration policy known as "catch and release" (catch and release), which allows the release of undocumented immigrants who were detained after crossing the border.

The lawsuit goes against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and subordinate agencies, such as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE), as well as the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.

Then Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said that Florida spends about $100 million each year for "imprison undocumented", in addition to other amounts added and that are related to social services.

Under federal law, Florida officials said, arriving immigrants, including asylum seekers, must be detained while immigration courts determine whether there is a valid basis to enter the United States.

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DeSantis now criticized that the Government is doing this with secrecy and "without any coordination with the states" or background checks on immigrants.

The border with Mexico continues to live months with a large arrival of immigrants and last December more than 178,000 were registered "encounters" between immigration officials and undocumented or asylum seekers.

Of these, more than 78,000 were expelled expeditiously thanks to the application of the medical emergency measure for the covid-19 pandemic called Title 42.

But for the Floridian authorities it seems that they are not enough, especially since the images taken by Fox News showed adult immigrants and not women and family units that, according to Title 42, do have options to be admitted to the country, while the rest should be expelled immediately.

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