Richter halts Biden program that solely grants black minority farmers debt aid after white farmers are sued
The Biden government's federal lending program to black and minority farmers was halted Thursday by a federal judge on constitutional concerns for banning white farmers.
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) filed a lawsuit in April citing the program's discrimination against white farmers by being excluded from the program. Judge William Griesbach issued an injunction against the program.
In a press release on Thursday, Will President and General Counsel Rick Esenberg stated, “The court recognized that the federal government's plan to condition and assign benefits based on race raises serious constitutional concerns and threatens irreparable harm to our customers. The Biden administration is radically undermining the basic principles of equality under the law. "
A judge has halted a federal loan program that gave relief to black and Hispanic farmers, but not white farmers.
Tax money should never be sent to people solely on the basis of race.
– Cassandra (@CassyWearsHeels) June 11, 2021
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Debt relief not for everyone
The original lawsuit, filed in early May, was filed in Green Bay and represented farmers not only from Wisconsin, but also from Minnesota, South Dakota and Ohio. The original lawsuit was also aimed at banning the USDA from using race in exchange for credit.
Additional farmers from Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas, Oregon, and Kentucky were included.
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the $ 4 billion debt relief is for "black, indigenous, Hispanic and other colored farmers".
Tax dollars in the form of the USDA would cover 120% of all loan amounts due that are paid out to minority farmers, and an additional 20% would cover all taxes related to debt relief.
Wisconsin dairy farmer Adam Faust, who has two prosthetic legs, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "There should be absolutely no federal dollars based solely on race."
So, someone who doesn't know?
Payouts of "guaranteed farm loans to producers who are Black, Native American, Alaskan, Hispanic or Latino, and Asian-American or Pacific islanders."
Is that still America, the land of equality (not equality!)? https://t.co/3ztttwJ1rx
– 🇺🇸 Lawrence 🇺🇸 (@lawrence_hutton) June 11, 2021
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Answer to the order of the judge
Department of Agriculture officials in response to the judge's verdict have pledged to continue efforts to obtain discharge in court, according to the Washington Post.
Matt Herrick, USDA's director of communications, said, “We respectfully disagree with this injunction, and the USDA will continue to vigorously defend our ability to carry out this act of Congress and provide debt relief to socially disadvantaged borrowers. If the injunction is lifted, the USDA will be ready to grant Congress-approved debt relief. "
The idea behind the debt relief for farmers and other colored farm workers was an attempt by the Biden government to correct "long-standing disadvantages" that minority farmers have faced in the past.
The Biden government also claimed that COVID-19 disproportionately affects minority communities and therefore has more problems accessing aid programs due to alleged systemic racism.
Secretary Wilsack explained:
“In the past 100 years, policies have been implemented that were deliberately twisted in such a way that socially disadvantaged producers were disadvantaged. There is no better example of this than the Covid relief effort. Billions of dollars went to white farmers because the system is structured to give them significant benefits. "
Other proponents of the program said it was an important step in correcting a century of abuse of black farmers. It has also been described as "making amends for a long history of racial oppression".
Hidden in Biden's $ 1.9 trillion auxiliary bill is a special program that distributes race-based money to black farmers.
Farmer, your loan will be canceled up to 120 percent … if you are African American, a different minority. "" But if you are white … no forgiveness.
– Conservative American (@honor_country) March 15, 2021
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Not just farms
It's not just white farmers who are feeling the effects of the Biden government's racial preferences.
In May, Philip Greer, owner of Greer's Ranch Cafe, lost nearly $ 100,000 in revenue due to the pandemic. Greer applied for support from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a program run by the Small Business Administration.
In Texas, US District Judge Reed O'Connor found that the SBA had prioritized requests from female and minority restaurant owners and that Greer had "experienced racial and gender discrimination by government officials."
Judge O'Connor's verdict was in part:
"The evidence presented by plaintiffs suggests that the entire $ 28.6 billion of the restaurant revitalization fund may be used up before plaintiffs' motion for relief under the program can be considered."
Judge O’Connor ordered the SBA to temporarily stop prioritizing applications from women and minorities over Greer.
Greer's lawsuit was supported by the America First Legal Foundation, led by former Trump advisor Stephen Miller.
@tonykatz: Restaurant owner Philip Greer sued the Small Business Administration for violating the constitutional equality clause.
Tony Katz says that the program should be first come, first served, and not like the owner. https://t.co/GpK3hIC0wB
– 93 WIBC Indianapolis (@ 93wibc) May 26, 2021
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