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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed a lawsuit against President Joe Biden’s administration this Monday over its lenient policies toward illegal aliens, particularly “drug traffickers, sex offenders and those convicted of domestic violence.”
She first announced the suit in a video posted to YouTube.
The video began with her introducing herself.
“I’m Ashley Moody, and as attorney general, my office is at the forefront of combating the opioid epidemic, fighting human trafficking and helping victims of domestic violence heal,” the Florida AG, who’s been in office since 2019, said.
“As attorney general my first duty is to keep Floridians safe, and that’s why every day I work tirelessly to make Florida stronger and safer, whether it’s fighting the opioid epidemic, combating human trafficking or helping domestic violence victims, I strive every day to solve these real life problems.”
Moody then explained how all the “gains” that her administration has achieved since 2019 are being threatened by the Biden administration’s lax policies.
“The Biden administration’s reckless decision to not deport criminals who are in this country illegally committing crimes places all those gains and Floridians’ public safety at risk,” she said.
“Until President Biden’s inauguration, presidents of both parties detained and deported criminals. This is a radical shift that places Floridians and our law enforcement officers in greater danger, and so today I’m taking legal action against the president to protect Floridians.”
Filed Monday, the suit argues that Biden’s “abdication of duty” is leading to “drug traffickers, violent offenders, and other serious criminals” being released into the middle of country, including in Florida.
All this is thanks to Biden’s decision to not only revive the Obama administration’s disastrous “catch and release” policy but to also weaken U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s authority to apprehend aliens.
“On January 20, 2021, then-Acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske issued a memorandum rescinding [Trump-era illegal alien guidances] and setting forth interim guidance that significantly restricts, to the point of nullifying, immigration enforcement,” according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
“The Pekoske memo bars removal of most aliens from the United States, and sets strict limits on ICE’s ability to stop, arrest, detain, and prosecute removable aliens, including criminals.”
Speaking on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, Moody elaborated more on this.
“First, they canceled Operation Talon, which targeted sex offenders here in the United States illegally, and now they’ve released guidance which is basically releasing into our streets serious criminal offenders,” she said.
“They’re canceling retainers and requiring our law enforcement leaders to release them back into our state. And this includes heroin traffickers, people that are breaking into homes – you know, use of a firearm with some of these felonies.”
Listen to her discussion with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade below:
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has confirmed all of this. During a briefing in early February, for instance, she candidly admitted that illegal aliens with a history of DUIs won’t be deported back home but rather released into American communities.
“Nobody is saying that DUIs or assault are acceptable behavior, and those arrested for such activities should be tried and sentenced as appropriate by local law enforcement. But we’re talking about the prioritization of who is going to be deported from the country,” she said.
Moody’s suit describes this remark as an admission that “the Biden Administration does not believe that being in the United States in violation of the immigration laws
and committing serious crimes is sufficient reason to remove someone from the country.”
Even when it’s known that people with a record of committing certain serious crimes pose a deadly risk to the American people, including legal immigrants like Ronil Singh, a California police officer who was murdered three years ago at the age of 33 by an illegal alien with a prior criminal history.
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The Florida AG’s suit also contrasts the Biden administration’s policies to those of former President Barack Hussein Obama.
“The Obama Administration would not have even considered giving aliens who commit domestic violence, burglary, or heroin trafficking a free pass from immigration consequences. … But the Biden Administration is doing just that. As one federal official put it, ‘[t]hey’ve abolished ICE without abolishing ICE,'” it reads.
Speaking on Fox News, Moody described this as “unbelievable.”
“I mean, it’s unbelievable, the folks that our law enforcement leaders are required to release. My frustration has boiled over, and we’re going to hold them accountable in federal court,” she said.
“You know, look for the past administrations, both Republican and Democrat deported criminals in our country illegally. this was a bipartisan legislation and law on the books. This is a radical shift by the Biden administration.”
Even Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-avowed socialist, admitted in times past (though his views may have admittedly since changed) that deporting criminals was a necessity.
During the 2020 presidential election, his campaign manager promised that his boss’s own planned deportation moratorium would not apply to “violent criminals,” as reported at the time by BuzzFeed News.
View Moody’s suit below, or access it directly here:
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