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(FreedomWire.org) – A federal judge appointed by President Donald Trump has refused to toss out a major lawsuit against the Biden administration regarding immigration and border enforcement.

According to Republic Brief, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security in February alleging that the agency is exceeding its authority by releasing illegal aliens into the interior of the country, putting undue financial and other stress and strain on states.

U.S. District Judge T. Kent Wetherell II ruled this week that the lawsuit can proceed, according to Law.com:

The lawsuit alleges that the Biden administration has violated immigration laws through policies that have led to people being released from detention after crossing the U.S. border with Mexico. Also, it alleges that the releases affect Florida because of issues such as increased education, healthcare, and criminal-justice costs.

Justice Department attorneys raised a series of arguments in seeking dismissal of the case, including disputing a Florida contention that the Biden administration has a “non-detention” policy.

But Wetherell disagreed.

“Suffice it to say the court is wholly unpersuaded by defendants’ position that they have unfettered discretion to determine how or if to comply with the immigration statutes and that there is nothing that Florida or this court can do about their policies even if they contravene the immigration statutes,” Wetherell wrote in a 37-page decision.

“This position is as remarkable as it is wrong because it is well established that no one, not even the president, is above the law and the court unquestionably has the authority to say what the law is and to invalidate the action of the executive branch that contravenes the law and/or the Constitution. Thus, if Florida’s allegations that defendants are essentially flaunting the immigration laws are proven to be true, the court most certainly can (and will) do something about it,” he added.

The Justice Dept. also argued that Florida did not have “standing” to bring the lawsuit, but Wetherell dismissed that as well.

“Florida has plausibly alleged that the challenged policies already have and will continue to cost it millions of dollars, including the cost of incarcerating criminal aliens and the cost of providing a variety of public benefits, including unemployment benefits, free public education, and emergency services to aliens who settle in Florida after being ‘paroled’ into the country,” Wetherell wrote.

In his ruling, the judge acknowledged the federal government’s arguments that “Congress has authorized it to establish immigration enforcement policies and priorities, specifically those related to allocating its limited resources, thereby conveying discretion.”

“However,” he wrote, “Congress was presumably aware that defendants have limited resources when it enacted the detention requirement, yet it still chose to use language mandating detention,” he wrote. “Even if resource allocation and other policy priorities can be considered in defendants’ exercise of their limited parole authority … those considerations do not give defendants carte blanche to release arriving aliens without undertaking individualized case-by-case assessments as required by that statute, as they have allegedly done through the challenged policies — particularly if, as Florida alleges, defendants have essentially created the problem the challenged policies seek to alleviate.”

Last weekend, former DHS Secretary Chad Wolf expressed renewed concerns over the Biden administration’s border enforcement policies, which are far laxer than those of former President Donald Trump.

“I’m very concerned, not only for the American people, but also for Border Patrol, who continues to be in a crisis now for 15 months, and they have no end in sight…at the end of the day, this administration doesn’t appear to want to actually solve this problem of this illegal behavior. There’s no deterrent in any of the policies or processes that they are currently undertaking in responding to,” he told Fox News.

“Instead, they put out a six-point pillar plan to deal with Title 42 going away, and it’s simply processing more and more individuals into the country…until we get serious about making sure that we hold people accountable for breaking the law and removing individuals very quickly back to their home countries, that don’t have a legal right to be here…unfortunately, you’re going to continue to see historic numbers. We’re going to have historic numbers in April, and we certainly will have them in May as well,” he added.

Republican lawmakers are also sounding off on the Biden border policies, which have led to record-high encounters with illegal migrants and skyrocketing drug smuggling.

“The Chinese Communist Party is in business with the major cartels down in Mexico to flood our country with fentanyl, and they’re killing our kids. We cannot afford to lift Title 42,” Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) tweeted earlier this month.

(FreedomWire.org) – As the mass exodus of citizens and businesses fleeing Blue areas continues, Red states across the nation are bracing for a massive influx of new people who are seeking to escape the leftist policies that democrats have used to make big cities across the United States practically unlivable. Thanks to the jaw-dropping spike in crime and authoritarian public health measures, among other arbitrary nonsense and ‘big government’ interference, millions have fled leftist-controlled areas in favor of the freer, red areas.

And the mass migration is only intensifying. Californians above all others, however, are packing their bags en masse and fleeing the state for redder pastures.

Two of the most popular destinations for these ex-Californians are the conservative strongholds of Florida and Texas. The two states have each seen hundreds of thousands of newcomers over the past year and a half, which has some people in those states rightfully concerned about what follows – including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

After all, everything that leftists get involved with turns to crap, as has been proven repeatedly.

At an event on Monday, DeSantis blasted California cities, like San Francisco, for being complete “dumpster fires” and pointed to cities like Austin, Texas, which has become increasingly blue, as an example of what happens when Californians invade and import their destructive liberal policies.

DeSantis said, “There is cause for concern. Texas would have all these companies moved from California over the years. So you’d have companies move from San Francisco to Austin, and they’d bring hundreds of employees with them. And those employees would vote the exact same way they voted that turned San Francisco into the dumpster fire that it is.”

According to DeSantis, Democrats – especially California Democrats –  haven’t proved that they are able to connect the dots between the leftist policies they vote for and the destruction that is left in their wake once they are implemented. Even though Californians are fleeing the hollowed-out shell that was formerly known as the Golden State, where liberals have gotten their way for decades – and they are choosing to relocate into a Red area – a large number of them will continue bending the knee at the altar of wokeism.

“It’s like the leftism, they will not draw the connection between their leftist ideology and the destruction that’s all around them,” DeSantis said. “It is a problem because I do think there’s a class of voters who would come to Florida, and they would continue to vote the same way.” 

(FreedomWire.org) – Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that lawmakers would move to consider terminating Disney’s special district and privileges.

DeSantis urged the state legislature in a Tuesday press conference to pass bills eliminating special tax districts created prior to 1968 including Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District. Lawmakers are considering legislation in a special session to eliminate the districts, including Disney’s, which allows the company to function as its own municipal government and control functions such as taxation, land use, environmental protection and emergency medical services.

“I want to thank Speaker Sprowls and Senator Simpson for not only working obviously for the reapportionment but for stepping up and making sure that we make the sunset or the termination on those special districts happen, which I think is very important,” DeSantis said.

“The governor has consistently supported a more even, fair playing field for all businesses in Florida,” a spokesperson for DeSantis’ office stated. “Should a corporation be serving as a regulator and a business at the same time? Should a corporation get to avoid standard environmental permitting processes? Should a corporation engage in eminent domain? Other businesses don’t get these privileges.”

The move by DeSantis was not intended as retaliation against Disney for their public opposition to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, the spokesperson told DCNF.

“It was unfortunate that Disney decided to wade into a political debate and attempt to undermine a common-sense law, enacted by a duly elected legislature and signed by a duly elected governor, with the support of the vast majority of Floridians,” the spokesperson said. “In fact, it was Disney that ‘retaliated’ by publicly vowing to ‘repeal’ or have the law ‘struck down.’”

Disney recently came under fire for opposing the bill, which banned classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation for children in kindergarten through third grade. DeSantis signed the bill into law March 28.

Tensions escalated further when leaked videos purportedly revealed internal Disney company meetings in which employees and corporate leaders reportedly divulged plans to inject gay and transgender content into children’s programs and help employees medically transition their children to the opposite sex.