Cue the protests!
In yet another bizarre move, the Biden administration is apparently trying to have its pandemic-produced cake and eat it too.
On one hand, the administration is imploring for Title 42 restrictions to be lifted, which will facilitate (more) illegal migrants streaming across the border. In doing so, the government has to declare that COVID is no longer an emergency, which the White House recently indicated that it might do as soon as May 11.
For reference, most of the world, aside from China, has moved on from COVID.
On the other hand, the White House is apparently trying to insist that the pandemic is still an emergency for a different purpose … “justifying” Biden’s massive vote buying scheme, otherwise known as robbing taxpayers to pay off the debts of likely Biden voters.
That’s right: Biden’s whole (illegal) circumventing of Congress to proclaim arbitrary debt forgiveness is allegedly justified by the HEROES Act (2003), which followed the original Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act (2001) passed shortly after devastating terrorist attacks that most young people appear distressingly unaware of.
In a statement, the Department of Justice (DOJ) raced to defend Biden once again, making it clear that the 2003 HEROES Act allows all kinds of unilateral authority to the executive in chief during an alleged “national emergency.”
“Unlike its predecessor, the HEROES Act of 2003 does not limit relief to individuals who suffered hardship as a result of September 11 or other terrorist attacks. The Act instead applies to any presidentially declared national emergency,” the statement noted.
In other words, the act can be wantonly applied in any situation that the sitting president claims is an emergency, whether or not the rest of the world (literally) agrees.
“The Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act of 2003, Pub. L. No. 108-76, 117 Stat. 904, grants the Secretary of Education authority to reduce or eliminate the obligation to repay the principal balance of federal student loan debt, including on a class-wide basis in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, provided all other requirements of the statute are satisfied,” the statement sniffed.
Right. Crazy, the amount of authority such an act permits.
In fact, one almost might wonder why there wasn’t more public debate at the time, but the media was too busy fixating on Bush-Obama-Clinton led wars in the Middle East.
“In 2020, the Secretary invoked this authority in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to suspend the repayment obligation and to waive interest payments on student loans for every borrower in the United States with a loan held by the federal government,” the statement added.
You don’t say. The federal government also effectively seized property from landlords by allowing renters to (endlessly) mooch during the alleged “national emergency” of the pandemic, which revealed the extent to which many Americans are wholly unwilling to work if Big Brother throws them peanuts.
And, despite the White House claiming the pandemic still means people should apparently get out of all their debt, the same administration is also claiming that the pandemic should not curtail illegal migrant entry, as reported by Fox News.
“Further muddying the legal waters for the administration is that, while it’s trying to argue COVID is still a national emergency (despite congressional plans to the contrary), the Justice Department is simultaneously arguing in a separate court case that COVID is no longer a public health threat,” the outlet noted.
Yup. Just consider the nonsense written by Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar, who argues on behalf of making the border even more porous.
“The government recognizes that the end of the Title 42 orders will likely lead to disruption and a temporary increase in unlawful border crossings. The government in no way seeks to minimize the seriousness of that problem. But the solution to that immigration problem cannot be to extend indefinitely a public-health measure that all now acknowledge has outlived its public-health justification,” Prelogar sneered.
Is she kidding? “The solution … cannot be to extend indefinitely a public-health measure?”
Shame such a position wasn’t adopted with school closures, but the White House is apparently bound and determined to protect illegal entry to the country.
Astonishingly, within the span of just a few months, the same solicitor general literally argues in favor of extending the pandemic emergency.
“In March 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. That declaration remains in effect, The pandemic has … inflicted severe economic harms, including layoffs, spikes in inflation, rising delinquency rates on debt, and projected reductions in lifetime earnings for students who left school during the pandemic,” Prelogar declared, making it sound as though any request to repay back long overdue loans is some egregious human rights violation.
More like a violation on taxpayers who didn’t go into $100k of debt for a gender studies degree that took six years to complete.
“It’s unclear how the administration will address seemingly contradictory legal arguments before the Supreme Court next month, particularly if Congress votes to end the COVID emergency declaration,” Fox News added.
That’s hardly the only thing “unclear” about the Biden administration …
Author: Jane Jones
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