Arizona Files the First State Lawsuit Against the Federal Government Over the COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

President Joe Biden directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to make a rule mandating private businesses with more than 100 workers to require these workers to submit to the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing.

He also signed executive orders that require vaccines for executive branch employees and contractors who do businesses with the federal government. These employees will have no weekly testing options. It’s either the vaccine — or you’re fired.

Arizona this week filed a lawsuit against the mandate, becoming the first state to do so. Fox News reported that the mandate affects “as many as 100 million” people. Over 17 million work at health facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid.

Many Americans oppose the COVID-19 vaccine — which has not undergone years of safety studies like every other vaccine — and not vaccines in general.

“The federal government cannot force people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.” Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement. “The Biden Administration is once again flouting our laws and precedents to push their radical agenda.”

Arizona said that illegal aliens are being released directly into the country. They may take it but aren’t forced to take it — even if they’re released to spread diseases among the U.S. population. About 30 percent decline the vaccine. But law-abiding Americans who refuse risk losing their livelihoods.

The state asked the court to bar the federal government from discriminating against citizens, lawful permanent residents, and lawfully present aliens and rule the mandate unconstitutional.

From the complaint (PDF):

This case presents circumstances that would have been unthinkable to our Founding Fathers. The Executive Branch has adopted an unconstitutional policy of favoring aliens that have unlawfully entered the United States over actual U.S. citizens, both native and foreign born, with the inalienable right to live here. In doing so, the Biden Administration respected the putative rights of those illegally entering the United States, while simultaneously showing contempt for the actual rights of U.S. citizens. This preference is unlawful and violates the Equal Protection Clause. (emphasis added)

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