Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody launched a lawsuit against the Biden administration, alleging that the current restrictions that have been placed on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents allows “serious criminals” to remain here in the United States.
“The Biden administration’s reckless policy of refusing to do their jobs and deport criminals, places … Floridians’ public safety at risk,” Moody said in a recently published video. “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 that is why I filed suit.”
Moody’s comments follow mid-February guidance by the Biden administration that mandated ICE officers seek approval from senior leadership before deporting anyone that has not crossed the border recently. The president’s policy also requires the agency to focus only on “threats to national security” and other highly dangerous offenders.
“By focusing our limited resources on cases that present threats to national security, border security, and public safety, our agency will more ably and effectively execute its law enforcement mission,” ICE acting Director Tae Johnson said in reference to the rules, which will be in effect over the course of the next two months. “We must prioritize our efforts to achieve the greatest security and safety impact.”
However, Moody has alleged that the Sunshine State is still rife with felons that ICE has refused to issue detainers against. The attorney general documented six instances of the government body declining to apprehend convicted criminals with charges, including burglary, heroin sales, cocaine trafficking, and illegal possession of a firearm.
One inmate, Loveson Pierre, who is being held at a Lake City prison, was convicted of 18 counts of burglary and four charges of grand theft. The phrase “ICE will not take any action” was frequently observed in the email exchanges presented by Moody.
“President Biden and members of his administration now seek to shirk their non-discretionary duty to detain and remove criminal aliens and, in a transparently pretextual fashion, justify that dereliction with the year-old COVID-19 pandemic,” the attorney general stated in a recent complaint. “This abdication of duty is resulting and will continue to result in the release of dangerous drug traffickers, violent offenders, and other serious criminals into Florida and the nation’s communities to wreak havoc and victimize anew.”
Moody’s lawsuit follows hot on the heels of legal action being taken by the states of Montana and Arizona.
The attorney general is right on the money. These policies allow dangerous criminal illegal immigrants to stay in our country where they will no doubt continue to engage in criminal activity against our own citizens.
If the Biden administration cares at all about the security of our nation, they will send these folks packing.