Stephen Miller, a former senior adviser to President Donald Trump, filed a lawsuit Monday (April 26) over the Biden administration’s compensation of non-white farmers, stating that the authorities constitute discrimination against white farmers.
The class action lawsuit was filed by America First Legal (AFL), a legal group founded by Miller, on behalf of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and other plaintiffs, according to The Hill.
The lawsuit targets a specific provision in Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill that calls for the disbursement of funds to “socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers” and alleges that the subsidies are intended to compensate for “systemic racism” and “past oppression. “The subsidy is intended to remedy problems caused by “past oppression.
Miller’s lawsuit states that the rule, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is “actively and invidiously discriminating against U.S. citizens based solely on race. “The USDA interprets this phrase to mean that (the audience for the subsidy) includes African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, but not white farmers.”
“These racial exclusions are clearly unconstitutional,” the lawsuit concludes, “and the court should permanently enjoin their enforcement.”
Miller issued a statement in the lawsuit, quoting Martin Luther King Jr. and recalling his vision that “Americans ‘should not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character’ …… To that end, the AFL-CIO today filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration to stop it from administering a program created under the American Rescue Plan Act that discriminates against American farmers and ranchers based on race.”
This is not the first lawsuit Miller’s legal group has filed against the Biden administration. He previously sued the Biden administration on behalf of the state of Texas over Biden’s decision to abandon Trump-era policies and allow more illegal immigrants to enter the country freely.
The earlier lawsuit argued that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, (allowing more illegal immigrants to cross the border) would cause “Texas to incur significant costs in terms of medical and law enforcement resources.”