EXCLUSIVE: Florida’s lawsuit against the Biden administration over its so-called “catch-and-release” policy advanced Wednesday, with a federal judge saying that Biden’s policies have turned the southern border into “little more than a speedbump” for illegal immigrants.
In September 2021, the state of Florida sued the Biden administration over its “illegal” catch-and-release policies saying they cause harm to the state’s “quasi-sovereign interests,” while claiming officials are either in violation of federal immigration law, or simply abusing their authority. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed the suit against the administration as part of a joint effort with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to “uphold the rule of law despite the Biden administration’s decision to violate the law.”
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled Wednesday that the lawsuit can move forward, throwing out the Biden administration’s motion to dismiss the case, with Judge T. Kent Wetherell issuing a scathing opinion saying the court was “wholly unpersuaded” by the administration’s position.
“Today’s order is a huge win in our fight to force the Biden administration to fix the crisis by following the law. As the order states, ‘not even the President is above the law,’ and I look forward to advancing our case to hold the Biden administration accountable for ignoring public-safety immigration laws and turning our nation’s last bastion of protection into nothing more than a speedbump,” Moody said in an exclusive statement to Fox News Digital.