Trump Acolyte Stephen Miller Led Organization Continues To Assert Their Vision

MAJOR LEGAL VICTORY: COURT GRANTS PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AND CLASS CERTIFICATION IN USDA’S RACIALLY-BASED DEBT RELIEF PROGRAM

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas certified two proposed classes of plaintiffs and granted a preliminary injunction that prohibits the Department of Agriculture from using racially discriminatory criteria when administering the loan-forgiveness program for farmers and ranchers created in section 1005 of the American Rescue Plan Act.

AFL, on behalf of farmers and ranchers across the United States, including Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, challenged the federal government’s racially discriminatory and unconstitutional loan-forgiveness program, which provides loan forgiveness up to 120% for farmers and ranchers based solely on the color of their skin. The Court’s decision to grant a preliminary injunction against this racially discriminatory program is a major win for every American citizen.

AFL President Stephen Miller released the following statement:

“Today, America First Legal has secured for its clients a historic victory against the Biden Administration’s illegal and unconstitutional assault on Americans’ fundamental civil rights. This preliminary injunction and class certification sends a powerful message that the federal government’s discrimination against American citizens based on their race will not be tolerated–and will be defeated. America First Legal is proud to stand at the forefront of the legal battle to uphold civil rights, protect equal justice, and dismantle government-sponsored racism.”

AFL Vice-President and General Counsel Gene Hamilton issued the following statement:

“We are thrilled that the court issued this preliminary injunction for our clients and for the classes that they represent,” Gene Hamilton said. “While it is disappointing that we must take legal action to stop the federal government from using its power to discriminate against Americans based on the color of their skin—in the year 2021—we will gladly continue our fight for equal rights under the law for all Americans.”

Read the full Order here.

AFL RESPONDS TO CONSEQUENTIAL SCOTUS RULING ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT

America First Legal is pleased by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta holding as unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment the State of California’s horrendous policy forcing nonprofit and charitable organizations to disclose their donor’s identities.

AFL Vice-President and General Counsel Gene Hamilton issued the following statement: 

“As proud defenders of the First Amendment, AFL is encouraged to see the Supreme Court rule in favor of protecting the First Amendment rights of Americans,” Gene Hamilton said. “Originally, donor disclosure laws were used to target civil rights organizations fighting Jim Crow.  But under former California Attorney General, and now Vice President, Kamala Harris, California resurrected these discredited, unconstitutional policies to target and cancel conservatives. Then, as now, Harris led the push to weaponize the bureaucracy as a means of chilling, punishing, and suppressing political dissent. Today, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that the Constitution prohibits using government power as a cudgel to silence Americans or deter them from participating in public life.”

AFL RESPONDS TO SCOTUS DECISION UPHOLDING ARIZONA’S ELECTION INTEGRITY LAWS

America First Legal applauds the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Arizona’s election laws in a 6-3 decision. The decision is an emphatic repudiation of the Arizona Democratic Party’s baseless efforts to twist the Voting Rights Act from a statute that combats racism into a statute that prohibits the States from enacting any type of voter-fraud prevention measure.

AFL Vice-President and General Counsel Gene Hamilton issued the following statement: 

“The Supreme Court was correct to uphold two commonsense laws that protect election integrity in Arizona,” Gene Hamilton said. “The Court was also right to repudiate the false and tired accusations of racism that the Democratic Party directs at every state that enacts a voter-identification law or other measure designed to combat election fraud. Although this decision will not stop the Biden Administration from misusing the Voting Rights Act as a tool to advance partisan Democratic interests, it will bind the courts that will adjudicate the baseless lawsuit that the Biden Administration has filed against the State of Georgia. The States should not be intimidated from enacting legitimate election-fraud prevention measures, and today’s ruling from the Supreme Court is a decisive vindication of the States’ authority to regulate their elections and prevent voter fraud by enacting rules that apply equally to citizens of every race and color.”

AFL REQUESTS RECORDS RELATED TO HATCH ACT INVESTIGATIONS DURING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

America First Legal sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) requesting all records, communications, and documents referring or relating to Hatch Act investigations during the Trump Administration.

AFL Vice-President and General Counsel Gene Hamilton issued the following statement: 

“The OSC prides itself on being a neutral, non-partisan agency, conducting independent oversight over the federal government.” Gene Hamilton said. “AFL is concerned that some of OSC’s investigations stemmed from partisan purposes, or were potentially influenced from outside partisan organizations or Left-leaning members of Congress. While our hope is that OSC was, is, and will remain a truly non-partisan government oversight agency, we believe the American people deserve to know the truth about how these Hatch Act investigations started.”

Read the full FOIA request here.

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