State AG Takes Aim At White House

Recently, Texas Attorney General (AG) Ken Paxton filed his eleventh lawsuit against the Biden Administration. The objective of the most current lawsuit is to disable a plan that would enable various vaguely titled “asylum officers” to have the authority to rule, one way or another, on varied asylum claims made by migrants at the Southern Border.

The latest initiative from the White House with regards to illegal immigration bypasses the standard protocol that involved actual judges. Consequently, the latest proposal with regards to immigration essentially “upends the entire adjudicatory system to the benefit of aliens,” per the text of the lawsuit.

Earlier in 2022, the White House also decided to prioritize overhauling the process for illegal migrants seeking alleged asylum. Under the new system, migrants may have to wait for as few as six months to receive asylum, rather than five years.

Moreover, other longstanding protocols may be bypassed or relaxed in their entirety, which would create fresh problems for an already overrun U.S.-Mexico border.

According to Paxton, his lawsuit has “protested the proposed version of these rules back in October 2021, and, unsurprisingly, [the White House] found a way to make it worse,” which is precisely why he is suing.

One of the worst elements of the latest proposal for migrants includes the fact that various asylum seekers may be subsequently released into the United States, depending on the outcome of a given case, rather than being held in custody.

Paxton’s most recent lawsuit has been filed in Amarillo, Texas, and it is currently overseen by Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk.

The White House has strongly defended its stance on the border, with DHS Secretary Alejandra Mayorkas proclaiming that “the current system for handling asylum claims at our borders has long needed repair,” an ostensible justification for the fixation on migrants.

“Through this [executive order] rule, we are building a more functional and sensible asylum system to ensure that individuals who are eligible will receive protection more swiftly,” Mayorkas added, claiming that ineligible immigrants “will be rapidly removed.”

Mayorkas did not specify which characteristics would result in “rapid removal” of illegal migrants, nor did he specify how that removal would occur.