Governor Brad Little
BOISE – Governor Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today they are working together to add Idaho to the list of states joining a lawsuit filed by Arizona, Louisiana, and Missouri challenging the Biden Administration’s termination of the Title 42 Orders, Trump-era border policies that helped minimize the flow of illegal immigration across the United States-Mexico border.
“As Idaho’s Attorney General, I’ve consistently fought the federal overreach and federal agency rulemaking that’s taken the place of congressional lawmaking. This suit is yet another example of states being forced to take action because Congress continues to refuse to address an issue that should be its priority. The Constitution expressly assigns to Congress responsibility for immigration, but members of Congress have – for years – failed to act. In joining this suit, I am calling on Congress to show up and fulfill its constitutional responsibility,” Attorney General Wasden said.
“Last year, I joined half our nation’s governors in releasing 10 policy solutions – including the continuation of the Title 42 Orders – to protect America, restore security, and put our country on a path to end the crisis at the southern border. The Trump Administration invoked the Title 42 restrictions to protect the American people, and it worked. The policy kept tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from crossing the border. Idaho’s participation in this multistate lawsuit reinforces the fact that border security is interconnected to the health and safety of American citizens,” Governor Little said.
The lawsuit 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 an unmitigated catastrophe.” A copy of the complaint is available here.
Idaho and other states received the invitation to join the lawsuit on the morning of Tuesday, April 5, and the Governor and Attorney General immediately began a thorough review of the suit and then took steps to ensure Idaho was represented.