AG Schmidt demands Biden Administration prohibit illegal reentry following deportation

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Attorney General Derek Schmidt has demanded the Biden Administration continue to prohibit illegal reentry following deportation.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he demands confirmation from the Biden Administration that it will faithfully defend a long-standing federal immigration statute that prohibits illegal reentry.

On Thursday, Schmidt said he joined a coalition of 19 other attorneys general to send a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding assurances by Sept. 17, 2021, that the U.S. Department of Justice will defend 8 U.S.C. subsection 1326, a law that governs illegal reentry.

According to AG Schmidt, the letter follows a recent district court ruling in which the Chief Judge for the District of Nevada struck down the law and prohibited the government from prosecuting immigrants who illegally reenter the U.S. after deportation. The statute has been on the record since 1952.

Schmidt said the attorneys general are concerned that the DOJ will follow recent patterns by not defending the law.

According to Schmidt, the move is particularly concerning given the U.S.’s unprecedented border crisis. In July, he said the U.S. Border Patrol reported over 200,000 encounters with migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, the highest monthly figure in 21 years.

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