Arizona’s Republican attorney general expanded his legal challenge to the Biden administration’s new Covid-19 vaccine requirements, both sharpening and broadening his allegations in an amended complaint filed Friday.
Brnovich’s amended complaint claims that the President
“Once a vaccine has been administered, it can never be undone,” Brnovich said in a release. “The COVID-19 vaccine mandate is one of the greatest infringements upon individual liberty, federalism, and the separation of powers by any administration in our country’s history.”
The U.S. Justice Department declined to comment.
Brnovich’s amended complaint builds on the alleged connection between immigration policies and vaccine mandates from his initial filing. He alleges the Biden administration is discriminating against citizens and immigrants with work visas because undocumented immigrants aren’t required to get inoculated.
Citing a “crisis at the southern border,” the Arizona Republican asked the court to block the administration from releasing immigrants that should be in mandatory detention, paroling immigrants without engaging in case-by-case adjudication, and not trying to deport “plainly inadmissible” immigrants who are released into the country.
The lawsuit doesn’t target the pending emergency rule to require large employers to either mandate employee vaccination or regular testing, which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is developing.
Brnovich acknowledged last month that his challenge to the Biden administration’s vaccine requirements is a “long shot,” but said it’s worth “fighting for.”
The case is Brnovich v. Biden, D. Ariz., No. 21-01568, amended complaint filed 10/22/21.