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Florida Fight Over Federal Immigration Policies Awaits Ruling

A four-day trial in Florida’s challenge to federal immigration policies ended last week in Pensacola, setting the stage for a U.S. district judge to issue a ruling.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody

A four-day trial in Florida’s challenge to federal immigration policies ended last week in Pensacola, setting the stage for a U.S. district judge to issue a ruling.

Judge T. Kent Wetherell gave attorneys for the state and the Biden administration until Feb. 9 to file briefs, according to a court document.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed the lawsuit in 2021, alleging that the Biden administration has violated federal laws through policies that lead to releasing undocumented immigrants.

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But U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have argued in court documents that the federal government has the authority to determine immigration policies and that Florida is asking Wetherell to “second-guess discretionary decisions by the Department of Homeland Security.”

Wetherell started the trial on Jan. 9 and finished it Thursday, according to court records.

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