The first state attorney general has formally filed a lawsuit over the Biden administration’s federal vaccine mandate, which was issued by executive order: Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
“I promised Arizonans that we would not stand for the Biden Administration’s egregious federal overreach on vaccine mandates,” Brnovich announced on Tuesday. “Today, we have filed the first lawsuit in the nation against the unconstitutional mandates. Arizona will not tolerate this assault on our sovereignty.”
I promised Arizonans that we would not stand for the Biden Administration's egregious federal overreach on vaccine mandates.— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) September 14, 2021
Today, we have filed the first lawsuit in the nation against the unconstitutional mandates. Arizona will not tolerate this assault on our sovereignty. pic.twitter.com/1eHAUX8GYs
The Arizona state AG is arguing that the Biden mandate that businesses over 100 employees must ensure their employees be vaccinated or be tested weekly or otherwise face hefty fines is unconstitutional.
“The federal government cannot force people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Biden Administration is once again flouting our laws and precedents to push their radical agenda,” he said, according to a press release. “There can be no serious or scientific discussion about containing the spread of COVID-19 that doesn’t begin at our southern border.”
Brnovich is arguing that the vaccine mandate violates the Equal Protection Clause by “favoring migrants that have crossed into the country illegally over legal U.S. citizens.”
“The Biden Administration allows migrants to decline the vaccine, protecting their freedom and bodily autonomy more than American citizens,” Brnovich added.
In his legal brief, Brnovich points out that Biden is “not a king” and says the vaccine mandate “one of the greatest infringements upon individual liberties, principles of federalism, and separation of powers ever attempted by an American President.”