DES MOINES, Iowa — Attorney General Brenna Bird joined 18 other states in a lawsuit Wednesday to challenge the Biden Administration’s “Circumvention of Legal Pathways” immigration rule. The administration’s policy increases the number of illegal aliens in the United States by guaranteeing entry for those who meet simple conditions.
The new rule redefines previously illegal border crossings as “lawful pathways” which the Bird says opens the door for even more illegal immigrants to flood across the border making the current border crisis even worse.
The rule aims to recategorize illegal immigrants as asylum-seekers by allowing illegal immigrants to reclassify themselves through using the CBP One app. The app ushers more illegal immigrants across the border. Any illegal alien who uses the CBP One app to “schedule” their entry into the United States at a specific Port of Entry is allowed asylum.
“President Biden is turning the border crisis into chaos,” Bird said. “This open border rule turns every state into a border state. It strains our already-overburdened border security and invites an increase of illegal drugs, crime, and human trafficking into our communities. We must take urgent action to secure our border and keep the Biden Administration in check.”
The attorneys general content that the Department of Homeland Security rule violates the normal process by creating those new asylum eligibility standards without any action from Congress. They state the rule also fails to account for the harm it will cause to states, such as extra costs related to education, health care, and social services.
Iowa joined the Indiana-led lawsuit along with Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.
Read the lawsuit below:Lawful-Pathways-Filed-Complaint