A federal judge in Wisconsin has issued a restraining order freezing the Biden administration’s loan-forgiveness program for non-white farmers, pending a ruling on whether basing benefits on skin color is constitutional. US District Court Judge William Griesbach granted the temporary restraining order on Thursday in Milwaukee..
The $4 billion initiative – championed as part of President Joe Biden’s racial-equity push – was included in the Covid-19 relief package that was enacted in March, although it didn’t relate directly to the pandemic. The program paid off as much as 120% of loan balances held by farmers and ranchers – as long as they were black, Hispanic, or of some other non-white identity
🚨 U.S. District Judge William Griesbach issued a temporary restraining order halting payments in a federal farmer loan forgiveness program that allocates benefits on the basis of racial categories.
— WILL (@WILawLiberty) June 10, 2021