DOJ: government does have right to provide debt relief to farmers of color

The Justice Department says that a lawsuit against debt relief for black farmers fails to show irreparable harm.

The DOJ filed its response late Friday to a group of white farmers who filed suit in Wisconsin. A judge blocked those payments earlier this month, while the case works its way through court.

On behalf of the USDA, the Justice Department says that the government does in fact have the right to provide the relief. The DOJ also notes that white farmers can get relief from this program too.

The judge has until July 23rd to make a final decision.


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