Federal judge halts Biden’s debt-relief program for NON-WHITE farmers in case challenging constitutionality of race-based benefits

A federal judge in Wisconsin has issued a restraining order freezing the Biden administration's loan-forgiveness program for non-white farmers, pending a ruling on whether basing benefits on skin color is constitutional. Read Full Article at RT.com

Federal judge halts Biden’s debt-relief program for NON-WHITE farmers in case challenging constitutionality of race-based benefits

A federal judge in Wisconsin has issued a restraining order freezing the Biden administration's loan-forgiveness program for non-white farmers, pending a ruling on whether basing benefits on skin color is constitutional.

US District Court Judge William Griesbach granted the temporary restraining order on Thursday in Milwaukee, suspending and jeopardizing a program touted by the Washington Post as “the most significant legislation for black farmers since the Civil Rights Act” of 1964.

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The $4 billion initiative – championed as part of President Joe Biden’s racial-equity push – was included in the Covid-19 relief package that was enacted in March, although it didn’t relate directly to the pandemic. The program paid off as much as 120% of loan balances held by farmers and ranchers – as long as they were black, Hispanic, or of some other non-white identity – to help undo alleged systemic racism in agriculture.

The Wisconsin case, which the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) filed on behalf of 12 white farmers, is one of at least five lawsuits filed against the Biden administration to challenge the constitutionality of giving debt relief only to farmers of certain ethnicities. 

“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,” WILL president Rick Esenberg said. “The Biden administration is radically undermining bedrock principles of equality under the law.”