Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody in a filing in the U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, is trying to get a temporary restraining order that would block the mass release of migrants into the U.S. following the expiration of the Title 42 public health order. In his filing, he points out that the new plan by the Department of Homeland Security is essentially identical to a policy that a federal judge had blocked earlier this year.
Moody’s filing is arguing against the Department of Homeland Security’s plan for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and NGOs to release migrants if they are overcapacity. He further pointed out the many similarities between the “Parole + ATD” policy that a federal judge had blocked in March. That policy allowed migrants to be enrolled in the Alternatives to Detention program and to be released on parole into the U.S. The federal judge, in that case, had accused the government of turning the border “into a meaningless line in the sand.”
Following the expiration of Title 42, officials have had to deal with a recent surge in the number of encounters. According to a report from Fox News, this has shown that officials in D.C. have given all Border Patrol sectors the chance to start mass releasing migrants into the cities if there is no space for them in non-governmental organizations.
However, on Thursday, a DHS spokesperson told Fox News that the reports about CBP releasing migrants or allowing their release were completely “false.”