Judge halts Biden administration’s no-whites-allowed farmer debt relief program

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A judge this week suspended a Biden administration program that funneled debt relief exclusively to nonwhite farmers after the program was the target of a lawsuit by a Wisconsin conservative group and a coalition of farmers. 

Judge William Griesbach of Wisconsin‘s Eastern District issued the temporary stay following an April lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. 

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 and General Counsel Rick Esenberg said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

The Wisconsin organization is representing a dozen farmers in several states in the suit. 

The nonwhites-only debt-relief program was part of the massive $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden in March. 

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