On Monday, the attorney general of Arizona announced that his office is looking to have a preliminary injunction against President Joe Biden’s administration and its efforts to end the construction of the border wall, as well as the rescinding of the Remain-in-Mexico policy put in place during the Trump administration. The Arizona AGC claimed that these actions have violated environmental law.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office sued Homeland Security back in April. In that said case, it claimed that the administration did not comply with its NEPA obligations. This allegedly happened when it ended the construction of the border wall as well as the said Trump-era policy.
The president signed an order that stopped construction on his first day at the white house. Apart from that, it also ended the Remain-in-Mexico policy, which came amid claims that the said policy was cruel. Many Republicans have claimed that these two actions aggravated the border crisis.
Arizona AG Requests Preliminary Injunction
NEPA requires federal agencies to study the possible environmental consequences of policies before implementing them. The lawsuit is requesting for the District Court in Arizona to void the orders until the government conducts a review of the environmental damage.
According to the AG’s office, an estimated 8 pounds of trash are left by each migrant trying to cross the border. These include human waste, medical supplies, vehicles, and plastics.
The effort made on Monday has a request for a preliminary injunction and an amended complaint. It would require the government to study the impact on the environment and rescind the cancellation of the orders.
“There is no doubt that the Biden Administration’s immigration policies are causing a humanitarian, public safety, and environmental crisis at our border,” Brnovich mentioned in a statement. “I will do everything I can to stop their destructive actions and protect Arizona.”