AFL Files A Motion For A Preliminary Injunction And Class Certification In USDA Racially-Based Debt Relief Program

Thursday, June 3, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – America First Legal has filed an amended complaint, a motion for class certification, and a motion for a preliminary injunction in its case involving the federal government’s racist and unconstitutional Department of Agriculture loan forgiveness program–which provides loan forgiveness up to 120% for farmers and ranchers based solely on the color of their skin.

AFL President Stephen Miller issued the following statement:

“This is a landmark civil rights case. Farmers and ranchers cannot be excluded from government debt relief programs based solely on their race or ethnicity. This program is not only legally impermissible, it is virulently unconstitutional and morally reprehensible. The stakes in this case could not be higher: the government must not be allowed to use its awesome authorities to punish, harm, exclude, prefer, reward or damage its citizens based upon their race or ethnicity.

Therefore, on behalf of its clients, AFL has today filed a motion for both a Preliminary Injunction and Class Certification. The remedy we seek is straightforward: we want these unconstitutional racial exclusions enjoined for a class of all farmers currently excluded from such programs. Everyone should be treated equally under law as the Constitution requires.  AFL will press onward every day in its fight to uphold civil rights and defeat institutional discrimination.”

The amended complaint can be accessed here.

The motion for Class Certification can be accessed here.

The motion for a preliminary injunction can be accessed here.

The brief in support of the motion for Class Certification can be accessed here.

The brief in support of the motion for a preliminary injunction can be accessed here.

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