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first on Granthshala: Arizona’s attorney general on Friday filed a request for a temporary restraining order to stop the Biden administration from enforcing a controversial vaccine requirement as a lawsuit filed last month moves forward.

“Once a vaccine is in place, it can never be undone,” Attorney General Mark Branovich said in a statement announcing the move. “The COVID-19 vaccine mandate is one of the largest violations in our nation’s history on individual liberties, federalism and separation of powers by any administration.”

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Arizona sues Biden admin over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Arizona first sued in September after President Biden announced measures that would require federal workers and private sector workers in businesses with more than 100 employees to be vaccinated or to take one. covid weekly test. It is expected to affect more than 100 million Americans.

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“We’ve been patient, but we’re running out of patience and your refusal has cost us all,” Biden said from the White House. “It’s not about freedom or personal choice. It’s about protecting yourself and those around you.”

The move has angered conservatives, who have called them unconstitutional and harmful to businesses.

NS Arizona lawsuit focuses on the difference between mandate and Lack of mandate for those entering the country illegally through the US southern border. The lawsuit argues that the mandate violates an equal protection clause, allegedly favoring immigrants who have come into the country illegally to US citizens.

More than 160,000 migrants have been released into the US in recent months, and require a mandatory vaccine, nor a uniform test across the border.

On Friday, Branovich’s office requested a temporary restraining order Arguing that it is necessary because of the vaccination deadline, which is likely to pass before the filing for a preliminary injunction – to stop the mandate immediately, is heard in its entirety.

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“The deadline for federal contractors to receive their first vaccine is approaching October 27, 2021, so time is of the essence,” the complaint said. “The deadline for federal employees to receive their first Pfizer or Moderna vaccine has already passed, but the November 8 deadline for receiving their second dose (or their first and only dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine) is just a few Weeks away.”

In a revised complaint filed with a request for a temporary restraining order, the AG argues that the mandate violates workers’ constitutional rights and mandates the right to refuse vaccines available under emergency use authorizations—only to Pfizer Vaccines. So far approved by the FDA.

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It also argues that the mandate “would cause substantial damage to the Arizona economy and to Arizona businesses, which would either have to fire valuable employees or give up lucrative government contracts.”

It cited surveys that found 85% of businesses said it would make it more difficult to retain employees and 89% said some employees would leave.

Biden, however, has dismissed concerns about the mandate. On Thursday, he said those who oppose the vaccine mandate are attempting to make vaccines “a political issue.”

The president also ridiculed those opposing the vaccine mandate on the basis of “freedom”.

“I have the liberty to kill you with my COVID,” Biden said, mocking what he sees as the attitude of mandate opponents. “No, I mean, come on, freedom.”

Granthshala News’ John Brown contributed to this report.