Wyoming has joined 19 other states in challenging the immigration polices of the administration of President Joe Biden.
Gov. Mark Gordon announced Thursday that Wyoming and the other states are asking the federal government to force the administration to reinstate a policy aimed at preventing entry into the United States by people who pose a health risk.
“The Biden Administration’s continued failure to fulfill its constitutional duty and secure our border impacts all Americans,” Gordon said. “When the federal government does not fulfill its responsibilities, states are compelled to take legal action to protect their residents from the impacts of this border crisis.”
The administration announced last month it will end in May what is referred to as “Title 42,” an order that allows immigration officers to prohibit people from entering the United States if they pose a health risk.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Louisiana on Thursday argues that the end of the rule will result in unchecked flows of undocumented aliens into the country.
“This suit challenges an imminent, man-made, self-inflicted calamity; the abrupt elimination of the only safety valve preventing this Administration’s disastrous border policies from devolving into unmitigated chaos and catastrophe,” the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit challenges the repeal of the order on grounds the administration has failed to follow proper procedure and because there is no plan to deal with the resulting surge in illegal immigration the states said would result.
“(The repeal) failed to consider the impacts of the fact that there are huge numbers of aliens waiting at the southern border to cross the moment that Title 42 is rescinded,” it said.
The lawsuit asks the court to prevent the repeal of the order.