U.S. Department of Justice sues Trump administration for refusing to enforce federal immigration law
Posted On June 15, 2021
By STEPHEN BIDENJANA The Justice Department is suing the Trump administration to block a rule that would make it easier for families and businesses to obtain visas and expedite deportations of foreign nationals convicted of crimes, a move that could delay the implementation of President Donald Trump’s executive order to increase deportations.
The Justice Department on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump White House, the Department of Homeland Security and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees over a rule it said could increase deportions of undocumented immigrants who have criminal convictions.
The rule would require federal agencies to report the identities of foreign citizens and permanent residents who are convicted of committing crimes.
The lawsuit argues the rule could harm U.P.R.R., which supports the rights of foreign-born persons to live and work in the United States.
It seeks to stop the rule, known as the Diversity Visa Lottery Program (DVLP), and prevent it from being implemented.
The lawsuit said the rule would “have the effect of delaying the issuance of a visa to or granting entry to, or removal from, the United State for, or on behalf of, any foreign national who has been convicted of a crime.”
It said the measure could result in “disproportionate and discriminatory treatment of foreign individuals based on their nationality, race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, age, genetic information, or marital status.”
The Justice and Homeland Security Departments argue the rule was not issued to make an exception for U.K.-based businesses.
Instead, it is designed to provide a more efficient and expeditious process for immigration enforcement officers, they said.
The rule would have the effect, they added, of delaying or blocking the issuance to or entry to the United Kingdom of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows people from other countries to enter the United Sates without a visa.
In a written filing with the court, the Justice Department argued that the rule’s purpose was to increase the efficiency and expedience of the immigration enforcement process by ensuring that immigration officers would have more time to obtain the necessary visas.
It said that the VWP was already an efficient, efficient and reliable mechanism to enforce immigration laws, and that it would be no different under the rule.
“The Secretary of State has indicated that he believes that the Secretary’s Office would be able to issue visas more quickly under the proposed rule if it were to be issued under the Visa Widget Program, and the Secretary has not proposed any specific alternative to the Visa VWP program that could increase its efficiency and efficiency of issuance,” the filing said.
But U.C.L.A. law professor and director of the USCIS Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Michael R. Katz, said the Justice and DHS lawsuits should be considered the same as any other suit against a federal agency.
“They should not be considered separate lawsuits,” he said.
“This is a massive effort to try to slow down the administration’s policies, which are not working,” he added.
In its brief filed in federal court in Seattle, the Trump Administration argued the rule should be enforced, and said the government “would not be able and should not” stop its implementation if it is deemed unconstitutional.
“It is also possible that if the proposed VWP is to be used as a vehicle for issuing visas, it would not be effective in reducing the number of foreign criminals released from U.D.
C detention,” the White House said in its brief.
“The Department would be prohibited from continuing to issue the VGPW, however, if the Secretary were to determine that it was ineffective.”
The lawsuit filed in the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia argues the Trump policies are unconstitutional because they infringe on the First Amendment rights of U. citizens, as well as U.
Sessions said in a statement Wednesday that the new rule would make U.U. citizens and UPs eligible for a Visa Waivers Program.
“While it may be necessary to provide some additional guidance, it will not be necessary for the Department to provide this guidance in a way that would effectively limit U. U.s. citizens from accessing the Visa Program or U. Pa. citizens or U pa. citizens’ ability to obtain their visas,” Sessions said.
Ursula Ungaro, deputy director of policy for the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, called the rule an unconstitutional overreach.
“We hope this will be the last time it’s used in this manner,” Ungaro said.
“If it does end up going forward, it’s going to be very difficult for people to get their visas.”
In the past, the White, Senate and House have all been united in their opposition to the rule and the Justice Dept. was expected to announce a veto threat later this week.
“If we’re going to do this on the