Federal judge denies Brnovich injunction in deportation lawsuit; Darius Amiri, immigration law chair at Rose Law Group, weighs in

By Laura Gomez | AZ Mirror

A federal judge in Arizona on Thursday said she’ll deny a request from Attorney General Mark Brnovich to issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting the federal government from enforcing a temporary pause on deportations.

That pause, issued on Jan. 20, 2021, is known as the 100-day deportation moratorium and has been held from implementation since a Texas court issued a temporary restraining order on Jan. 26.

On Feb. 2, Brnovich filed a lawsuit also seeking a preliminary injuction on the deportation pause, which excluded migrants who entered the country after Nov. 1, 2020; people released from local or state custody for “aggravated felony” convictions; and “individuals who have engaged in or are suspected of terrorism or espionage.”

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“Federal Judge Bolton was right to deny the Attorney General’s injunction as moot, as there is already an injunction on the proposed 100 day deportation stay arising from a similar suit out of Texas. AG Brnovich knew this, and thus, its safe to assume this was a politically driven lawsuit more than anything, leaving Arizona taxpayers to foot a needless bill.”

Darius Amiri, Rose Law Group Immigration Law Dept. Chair

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