The state of Arizona is fighting back against the decrees of Joe Biden.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a request for a temporary restraining order to stop the Biden administration from implementing its controversial vaccine requirement.
A lawsuit filed last month is moving forward against the Biden administration.
“Once a vaccine has been administered, it can never be undone,” Attorney General Mark Brnovich said.
“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,” he added.
Brnovich’s office argues that a preliminary injunction must be heard fully.
“The deadline for federal contractors to receive their first vaccine is approaching as early as Oct. 27, 2021, so time is of the essence,” the complaint says.
“The deadline for federal employees to receive their first Pfizer or Moderna vaccine has already passed, but the November 8 deadline for them to receive their second dose (or their first and only dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) is just weeks away.”
Brnovich’s office also argues that the mandates will cause “substantial harm to Arizona’s economy and to Arizona businesses that will either have to fire valuable employees or give up lucrative government contracts.”
Brnovich’s office cited surveys that found that 85% of businesses said it would make retaining employees more difficult and 89% said some employees would quit.
Arizona sued in September after Biden announced a requirement for federal workers and private-sector workers in businesses with more than 100 employees be vaccinated or take a COVID test weekly.
This mandate is expected to affect more than 100 million Americans.
“We’ve been patient but our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us,” Biden said.
“This is not about freedom or personal choice. It’s about protecting yourself and those around you.”
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The Arizona lawsuit focuses on the contrast between the mandates and the lack of mandate for those entering the country illegally via the U.S. southern border. The lawsuit argues that the mandate violates the Equal Protection Clause by allegedly favoring migrants who have come into the country illegally over American citizens.
More than 160,000 migrants have been released into the U.S. in recent months, and there has been no mandatory vaccine requirement, nor a uniform testing requirement along the border.
In an amended complaint filed alongside the request for a temporary restraining order, the AG argues that mandates violate the constitutional rights of workers and that it mandates the right to refuse vaccines available under Emergency Use Authorizations — only the Pfizer vaccine has so far been approved by the FDA…
Biden, however, has dismissed concerns about the mandate. On Thursday, he said that those who oppose vaccine mandates are attempting to make vaccines “a political issue.”