‘Circumvention of Lawful Pathways’ rule fails to mitigate out-of-control illegal immigration

Boise, ID – As part of an 18-state coalition, Attorney General Raúl Labrador is suing the Biden administration over its proposed new “Circumvention of Lawful Pathways” rule.

“The Biden administration’s proposed plan to address the surge of illegal border crossings is inadequate. The proposal carves out exceptions restricting DHS from effectively combatting unlawful entry into the United States. If the Biden administration were serious about securing our borders, they would re-introduce the Migrant Protection Protocol,” Attorney General Labrador said.

The federal government has characterized the new rule as a means for continuing to regulate immigration since the expiration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Title 42 public health order. That policy gave authorities greater ability to bar illegal immigrants from crossing the border during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In reality, however, the new rule just worsens the problem by redefining previously illegal border crossings as “lawful pathways.”

Besides Idaho, the Indiana-led lawsuit is also joined by Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.

The lawsuit is linked here.