A couple of states in the US are suing Joe Biden, the president of the United States over his decision to allow a new wave of Mexicans seeking asylum into America.
Texas, Arizona and Missouri have all filed federal court lawsuits against the Biden administration for undoing former President Donald Trump’s controversial so-called ‘remain in Mexico’ policy.
In February, Biden relieved the terms of Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and began allowing asylum seekers enrolled in the program to come to America and stay there while their cases are decided.
According to lawsuits filed Tuesday, April 13, the attorney generals in Texas and Missouri allege that Biden’s undoing of Trump’s work is the cause for a surge of illegal immigrants and crime in their states, the New York Post reports.
Arizona’s attorney general, Mark Brnovich claims in court statements that migrants “crossing into our country: are having a “devastating impact on the environment”.
Brnovich told the New York Post that each asylum seeker that crosses into America “leaves approximately six to eight pounds of trash in the desert”.
He said: “I think it’s imperative that we do everything we can to try to address the crisis at our border, so I’m using the tools that I have in my toolbox.
“When I look at what is happening in our desert, when I look at the record amount of people crossing illegally into our country, I can’t help but know that this is having a devastating impact on our community, but it’s also having a devastating impact on the environment.
“It has been estimated that each border crosser leaves approximately 6 to 8 pounds of trash in the desert. The trash could be anything from human waste, to backpacks, to drugs, to plastic bags.
“And this trash, in and of itself, is a threat to wildlife and natural habitat.”
The suit also claims that the increase in population caused by migrants would lead to the “release of pollutants, carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which directly affects air quality.”