Arizona is the first state to file a lawsuit against the Biden administration over enforcing a vaccine mandate for federal and private sector employees.
In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, the state argued that the vaccination requirements are unconstitutional because the federal government hasn’t announced similar requirements for migrants crossing the southern border, the Daily Caller reports.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said the Biden administration’s policies reflect an “unmistakable” favoritism in favor of illegal immigrants.
“The federal government cannot force people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Biden Administration is once again flouting our laws and precedents to push their radical agenda,” Brnovich said in a statement. “There can be no serious or scientific discussion about containing the spread of COVID-19 that doesn’t begin at our southern border.”
I promised Arizonans that we would not stand for the Biden Administration's egregious federal overreach on vaccine mandates.
Today, we have filed the first lawsuit in the nation against the unconstitutional mandates. Arizona will not tolerate this assault on our sovereignty. pic.twitter.com/1eHAUX8GYs
— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) September 14, 2021
“Under our Constitution, the President is not a king who can exercise this sort of unbridled power unilaterally,” he wrote. “And even George III wouldn’t have dreamed that he could enact such sweeping policies by royal decree alone.”
Following Biden’s announcement last Thursday introducing new measures and federal employee mandates, several state attorneys general and governors threatened legal action.
“Biden’s historic overreach on vaccine mandates will not stand in Missouri,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt tweeted. “We’re at a crossroads in America – who we are and what we’re going to be. We must fight back.”
“Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, for example, warned Biden he would “see you in court” after the president announced the new requirements and called the mandate “unlawful and historic in its overreach.’” https://t.co/b8wxm1A7Gg
— Eric Schmitt (@Eric_Schmitt) September 14, 2021
Florida will not stand idly by while the president makes the unprecedented, un-American attempt to force Floridians to get vaccinated against their will. pic.twitter.com/xon9R2kE5C
— AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody) September 13, 2021
Here is my statement on President Biden’s vaccine mandate: pic.twitter.com/BYKPYyB6SC
— Attorney General Steve Marshall (@AGSteveMarshall) September 13, 2021
Biden’s historic and unprecedented overreach seeking imposition of a new vaccine mandate must be stopped.
I will be in litigation against the Biden Administration again very soon so I can protect West Virginians and all Americans from this President’s unlawful policy.
— Patrick Morrisey (@MorriseyWV) September 10, 2021
In the coming days our courts will have to determine whether his actions can stand. This office will be a part of those discussions. (2/2)
— Attorney General Daniel Cameron (@kyoag) September 10, 2021