This past Monday, Sid Miller, Republican Agriculture Commissioner for Texas, has issued a lawsuit to the Biden administration for alleged discrimination against white farmers.
Backed by America First Legal Foundation, Miller seeks to claim that Biden’s Agricultural Department’s racial exclusion of whites in any of their COVID-19 relief/stimulus package for farmers and ranchers goes against Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the U.S. Constitution, as reported by Courthouse News Service on Monday.
“The lawsuit says the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed by Congress last month includes provisions for the forgiveness of loans to ‘socially disadvantaged’ farmers or ranchers of up to 120% of the value of the loan,” the news source stated. “It claims other federal laws limit help for white farmers and ranchers, including the Agriculture Department being required to give preference to grant applications filed by ‘socially disadvantaged’ farmers or ranchers.”
“These racial exclusions are patently unconstitutional, and the court should permanently enjoin their enforcement,” the suit states. “Doing so will promote equal rights under the law for all American citizens and promote efforts to stop racial discrimination, because ‘[t]he way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.'”
The complaint in the lawsuit argues that white ethnic groups have also been subject to similar discrimination in American history, and is, therefore “unambiguously qualify as members of a ‘socially disadvantaged group,’ and as ‘socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers.'”
“Indeed, throughout American history, many white ethnic groups have been subject to ‘racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities,’ including Irish, Italians, Germans, Jews and eastern Europeans,” the suit continues. “Members of these ethnic groups unambiguously qualify as members of a ‘socially disadvantaged group,’ and as ‘socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers,’ under the plain text …”
“An interpretation of the underlying statutes that excludes plaintiffs like Miller because he is not ‘black enough’ would raise grave constitutional concerns under Bolling v. Sharpe and it should be rejected for that reason alone,” the lawsuit argues. “For the same reason, the statutes should not be construed to empower the Department of Agriculture to choose a minimum threshold of minority ancestry when determining eligibility for benefits.”
The American First Legal Foundation, the group that plans to be representing Miller in the lawsuit, is led by Stephen Miller, a former White House adviser, and immigration hawk.
Stephen Miller launched the foundation earlier this past month with the direct goal of propagating America First policies and stopping the actions of the Biden Administration deemed unconstitutional via the court system.