BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s governor and attorney general said Tuesday they are seeking to add Idaho to the list of states that have sued to prevent federal officials from ending a public health rule that allows many asylum seekers are turned away. on the southern US border
Republican Gov. Brad Little and Republican Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said they are working together to join the lawsuit filed earlier this month by Arizona, Louisiana and Missouri.
The lawsuit challenges the Biden administration’s planned May 23 end to border controls known as Title 42. The order was imposed nearly two years ago by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for concerns about the coronavirus.
“The Trump Administration invoked the restrictions of Title 42 to protect the American people and it worked,” Little said in a statement. “The policy prevented tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from crossing the border. Idaho’s participation in this multi-state lawsuit reinforces the fact that border security is interconnected with the health and safety of American citizens.”
Wasden said the lawsuit is “yet another example of states being forced to take action because Congress continues to refuse to address an issue that should be their priority.”