America First Legal sees early wins, sets their aim even higher

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Former Trump administration official Stephen Miller was always successful at his job. And now that he’s out of government, he’s achieving the same level of success in his latest job pushing back against the Biden administration’s excesses.

A couple of months back, he launched a nonprofit, America First Legal, to “challenge” the Biden administration’s “lawlessness at every turn.”

“We will use every legal tool at our disposal to defend our citizens from unconstitutional executive overreach. We will also stand up against corporations that restrict free speech and violate our citizens’ civil rights,” the nonprofit’s website reads.

Only a few months later, Miller’s already notched a couple of stunning victories.

“Our organization is only a matter of weeks old, we are in every sense of the word a brand new organization, and yet in that very short time we’ve already been involved in spearheading some of the most important litigation in the entire country about the most important issues that will determine the future of this republic,” he told Fox News.

He launched the nonprofit in early April, so that’s about 16 weeks.

In these 16 weeks, America First Legal won a preliminary injunction against the administration’s racist loan-forgiveness program for only non-white farmers, and it compelled the administration into backing down from a plan to give preferential treatment to the applicants of its Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

Most recently, just this week it compelled the Biden Department of Education to withdraw a requirement that grant recipients incorporate the pseudohistorical, critical race theory-based 1619 Project into their curriculum.

However, the nonprofit’s work is far from over.

“While we are pleased that the Department of Education backed off of its initial proposal … we will not waiver in our commitment to stop the federal government from using its power to thrust the toxic, Marxist ideology known as Critical Race Theory, on Americans, especially our children,” AFL vice president and general counsel Gene Hamilton said in a statement after this week’s victory.

The stunning victory came a day after Miller himself bluntly announced at the American Conservative Union Texas conference of 2021 that “we” — and by that he meant conservatives — “will triumph” over the Biden administration.

“Though times may seem bleak, we will prevail, we will win, we will take back this country, we will reclaim our destiny, we will reclaim your borders, we will establish an immigration policy, a trade policy, an education policy and a foreign policy that puts America first, that puts American children first and that puts American children first,” he said.

He then added, “We will triumph!”

He clearly wasn’t kidding.

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Also speaking with Fox News, Hamilton argued that AFL is simply giving the American people what they’re thirsting for.

“We know that there is an appetite among the American people to have an organization that pushes back, that fights for conservative values and that will represent the interests of everyday Americans above those corporate special interests, above that beltway thinking that occurs in the DC area and that stands up for what folks actually believe in,” he said.

He added that it helps that there are so many avenues of attack because of the administration’s constant excesses.

“I think this is going to be a target-rich environment for us to operate in, and I think based on what we’ve experienced so far, the future is very bright for our organization,” he said.

Ironically, the nonprofit takes its inspiration from the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Both Miller and Hamilton described that they had witnessed liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) gump up Trump administration policies by getting into court early and frequently, often before sympathetic judges. It’s a tactic they are looking to copy,” Fox News notes.

But there is a difference, obviously.

“The difference is that whereas the ACLU and like-minded organizations ran into court to stop President Trump from enforcing the law and implementing a constitutional agenda, we’re going to use the same tactics, but in service of defending our laws and defending our constitution from illegal and unconstitutional actions,” Miler explained.

In addition to suing the administration, AFL has also made Freedom of Information Act requests to learn more about a variety of topics, including the Biden administration’s open doors policies, which is something Miller is particularly passionate about.

Vivek Saxena

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