Section 1005 of the American Rescue Plan Act created a program that permitted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide loan forgiveness to farmers and ranchers with USDA-backed loans—but excluded white farmers and ranchers from eligibility.
America First Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of a class of farmers and ranchers across the United States. AFL obtained a preliminary injunction that prevented the Biden Administration from being able to use the program and discriminate against American citizens based on their race.
AFL WIN. The Biden Administration did not appeal the preliminary injunction. But because of the class-wide preliminary injunction and the fact that the Biden Administration had no viable path forward because of our lawsuit, President Biden and his allies in Congress were forced to repeal the program through legislation.