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Federal Judge Blocks ‘Lawless Biden Administration Policy that Halted Nearly all Deportations’

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is celebrating a breaking news court decision. In an announcement on Twitter, Brnovich wrote: “VICTORY: A federal judge just blocked the lawless Biden Administration policy that halted nearly all deportations after our office challenged this guidance.”

“Our office has been at the forefront of the fights for the rule of law this past year. Arizona deserves nothing less” he continued along with attaching the court document. “STATE OF ARIZONA, et al, Plaintiffs, vs. JOSEPH R. BIDEN et al, Defendants” the case reads.

The Tucson Sentinel reports “the states of Arizona, Montana and Ohio won a preliminary injunction on Tuesday enjoining a Biden administration immigration policy that narrows the Department of Homeland Security’s deportation focus to immigrants deemed to be dangerous.”

The rule put in place by Biden instructed immigrations officials to “conduct extensive analysis of an illegal immigrant’s criminal history, mental and physical health, length of time in the country and various other factors before making a removal determination” writes the Tucson Sentinel.

“The states claimed this type of discretionary ‘balancing test’ exceeded the scope of authority granted to DHS and ICE, and causes extensive harm by allowing more dangerous illegal immigrants within their borders.”

The Tucson Sentinel reports:

The guidance, initially instituted on an interim basis by President Joe Biden in January 2021, instructed DHS officials and officers of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to “focus their civil immigration enforcement efforts on noncitizens who present a threat to national or border security or public safety.”

Texas immediately challenged the guidance in federal court and eventually won an injunction to prevent its enforcement, although that injunction was stayed by a ruling from a panel of appeals court judges.

While its temporary guidelines were being litigated, DHS made several changes and eventually passed permanent guidance for prioritized removal in September 2021.

 

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Army’s First Trans Officer Indicted for Spying for Russia

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The U.S. Army’s first transgender officer and his wife, a Maryland doctor, are making headlines. No, not for breaking any ideological woke barriers; for “allegedly attempting to transfer confidential military medical information to Russia.”

The two were charged in an eight-count indictment on conspiracy charges Wednesday. Major Jamie Lee Henry, who lived with his anesthesiologist wife Anna Gabrielian, was granted his request to officially change his name in accordance with his gender preference in 2015.

Henry and Gabrielian allegedly volunteered to “retrieve private medical records from the United States Army and Johns Hopkins in order to assist the Russian government.”

National Review reports:

The pair are accused of stealing patient health files from Johns Hopkins and Fort Bragg and giving them to an individual they believed to be working for the Russian government. They aimed to show that they could access classified information and readily provide it to Moscow to demonstrate their allegiance, according to the indictment.

However, the individual to whom they hoped to deliver the information was an undercover FBI agent. At a covert August 17 meeting, Gabrielian told the agent that she was devoted to helping Russia’s cause even if it cost her her job or landed her in prison. She arranged a subsequent meeting with Henry and the agent, still believing him to be affiliated with the Kremlin.

That evening, in the agent’s hotel room, Henry expressed that he was committed to supporting Russia and had considered enlisting in the Russian army after the invasion of Ukraine. However, he told the agent he was disqualified because he didn’t have any “combat experience.”

“The way I am viewing what is going on in Ukraine now, is that the United States is using Ukrainians as a proxy for their own hatred toward Russia,” Henry reportedly told the agent.

“Prior to Henry’s case, identifying as a sex different than the one on one’s birth certificate made a soldier unfit for military service, warranting discharge” writes National Review.

Gabrielian worked at the Johns Hopkins school of medicine, and Henry worked as a staff internist stationed at Fort Bragg.

If convicted, the two could face up to five years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge, and a maximum of ten years in federal prison for each count of publishing secret military medical records.

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