One of the more woke Biden policies has been shut down by a federal judge.
Earlier this year, as part of the pandemic recovery, the USDA started a loan forgiveness program for which only farmers of color were eligible.
On Thursday, the program was halted due to pending lawsuits the judge believes can be successful.
By excluding white farmers from the program, the department opened itself up to all kinds of negative pushback.
Racism is racism, be it against white people or people of color, which is the lawsuit’s premise.
This pandemic has hurt all businesses, and for the USDA to create “race-based” criteria for forgiveness seems a bit over the line.
Judge William Griesbach of Wisconsin’s Eastern District agreed, stating that the cases being brought against the USDA by white farmers “are likely to succeed on the merits of their claim” because of the USDA’s “use of race-based criteria in the administration of the program violates their right to equal protection under the law.”
Rick Esenberg, president and general counsel of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), represents the farmers in this case and was elated with the order.
He stated, “The Court recognized that the federal government’s plan to condition and allocate benefits on the basis of race raises grave constitutional concerns and threatens our clients with irreparable harm.”
He continued, “The Biden administration is radically undermining bedrock principles of equality under the law.”
The USDA responded, “We respectfully disagree with this temporary order and USDA will continue to forcefully defend our ability to carry out this act of Congress and deliver debt relief to socially disadvantaged borrowers. When the temporary order is lifted, USDA will be prepared to provide the debt relief authorized by Congress.”
This case could also have some far-reaching implications for other business programs that the Biden administration wants to put in place solely to benefit minority business owners, so everyone will be following this suit very closely from here on out.
Source: The Blaze