AG Landry joins legal challenge of Biden immigration policy

Published 11:01 am Friday, April 8, 2022

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, joined by his colleagues from Arizona and Missouri, is suing the Biden Administration for rescinding the public health policy Title 42 during the worst border crisis in decades — a move that Landry says will worsen the unprecedented crisis at our nation’s southern border.

“Presidential politics are killing public safety,” Landry said. “Joe Biden needs to stop trying to be ‘woke’ and start protecting the homeland.”

Last Friday, the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) announced it will terminate the Title 42 public health policy that allows border officials to turn away migrants because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The policy has been in effect since March 2020 and has been used by both the Trump Administration and the Biden Administration to turn away thousands of migrants to try and keep communicable diseases, like COVID-19, out of the country.

Revoking Title 42 will create a surge at the southern border, and it will overwhelm law enforcement agencies and non-governmental organizations as well, Landry said. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimates that getting rid of Title 42 could result in as many as 18,000 migrants per day showing up at the southern border — which could mean 540,000 migrants in a single month.

Louisiana, Arizona and Missouri are asking a federal judge in the Western District Court of Louisiana to force the Biden Administration to keep Title 42 in place until it conducts the required notice and comment period required under the Administrative Procedure Act and adopts a policy that is not arbitrary and capricious.

A copy of the lawsuit is available online at