The judge issues a loan forgiveness challenge; NYC declares state of emergency on migrants
Judge issues loan forgiveness challenge
GREEN BAY, Wis. — A Wisconsin federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a taxpayer group seeking to block President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program, ruling that the group lacks standing to sue. lawsuit.
The Brown County Taxpayers Association argued that Biden’s order illegally circumvented Congress’s spending power. He also argued that the plan was discriminatory by seeking to provide special relief to borrowers of color.
U.S. District Judge William Griesbach, appointed by President George W. Bush, dismissed the case Thursday, writing that the group lacks standing to challenge the plan simply because its members are taxpayers.
Biden signed into law the debt relief plan under the HEROES Act, which was passed after the September 11, 2001, attacks sparked a US-led military campaign targeting terrorism. The act gave the executive branch the power to cancel student loan debt in association with military operations or national emergencies.
The president cited covid-19 as a reason to invoke the law. The lawsuit, brought by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty on behalf of the Taxpayers’ group, had argued that it was an overextension of executive power that improperly circumvented Congress.
Similar lawsuits have been filed elsewhere. A libertarian group filed a lawsuit in Indiana and six Republican-run states, including Arkansas, filed a lawsuit in Missouri, raising specific objections to the cancellation of federal loans held by private banks.
The Biden administration quickly removed the eligibility of an estimated 770,000 borrowers for such loans.
NYC declares state of emergency on migrants
The mayor of New York on Friday declared a state of emergency for the thousands of migrants sent from southern border states since the spring, saying the request made to the city to provide housing and other aid is not “not sustainable”.
“A city recovering from an ongoing global pandemic is overwhelmed by a humanitarian crisis caused by human hands,” Mayor Eric Adams said. “We are on the edge of the precipice. … We need help. And we need it now.”
At the end of his fiscal year, Adams said the city plans to spend $1 billion to help newcomers, many of whom rely heavily on government assistance because federal law prohibits them from working in the United States.
Adams said newcomers are welcome in the city, and he spoke proudly of New York’s history as a landing place for immigrants.
“New Yorkers have always watched over our immigrant brothers and sisters. We see ourselves in them. We see our ancestors in them,” he said. But, he said, “although our compassion is limitless, our resources are not.”
Between five and six migrant buses arrive a day, Adams said, including nine on Thursday alone. Many were chartered and paid for by Republican officials in Texas and Arizona who sought to pressure the Biden administration to change border policies by sending migrants to Democratic-leaning cities and states across the country. north.
Mexican killed with detained weapon, FBI says
EL PASO, Texas – A Mexican man shot and killed at a U.S. Border Patrol station in Texas had grabbed a “stabbing weapon” and was advancing toward officers when they opened fire, the FBI said Thursday.
Manuel Gonzalez-Moran, 33, died Tuesday at an El Paso hospital after being shot by Border Patrol agents. The FBI said he was taken into custody at the Ysleta Border Patrol Post for illegally re-entering the country.
Officers first used a stun gun on Moran after he charged from a holding cell, the FBI said, and eventually opened fire.
Moran was paroled earlier this year and deported to Mexico after serving 11 years in prison in Colorado, the FBI said. He was convicted in 2011 of assault with a deadly weapon causing grievous bodily harm, according to the FBI.
Ugandans arriving to get tested for Ebola
WASHINGTON — The United States will begin screening travelers from Uganda for Ebola to prevent the outbreak from spreading in the African country, the Biden administration said this week.
No cases of Ebola have been reported outside of Uganda, and the risk in the United States is considered low. US officials have called the screening move a precaution.
Screenings will begin immediately. Travelers who have been in Uganda at any time during the past 21 days, which is the incubation period for the virus, will be redirected to one of five US airports for Ebola testing.
The policy applies to any passenger who was in Uganda, including US citizens. This involves a temperature and symptom check performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC will also collect contact information that will be shared with local health departments at the traveler’s destination.
The administration says about 145 people a day enter the United States from Uganda.