Texas Judge Temporarily Blocks Biden’s 100-Day Deportation Freeze
Texas Attorney General filed legal action against new administration
Federal Judge Drew Tipton on Tuesday banned the Joe Biden administration from imposing a 100-day moratorium on the deportation of illegal migrants. Judge Tipton issued a temporary restraining order at the request of the state of Texas, which on Friday challenged a Department of Homeland Security memo directing immigration authorities to suspend most deportations. The judge’s decision states that the Biden administration failed to “provide any concrete, intelligible arguments in favor of a 100-day pause in deportation.”.
Texas argues that the moratorium, which President Biden imposed by his decree, violates an agreement signed in the last weeks of the Trump presidency that requires the federal government to first change immigration laws and then change policy in this area..
Tipton’s court order marks the first blow to the Biden administration’s immigration plan, which includes a plan to legalize an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. During his presidential campaign, Biden promised to introduce a moratorium on the deportation of “illegal immigrants” and signed the corresponding decree in the first days of being in power..
The judge’s order represents a victory for the Republican leadership of Texas, which in the past has often filed lawsuits to suspend programs adopted by the administration of Democrat Barack Obama. It also suggests that Republicans can fight President Biden in the same way that Democratic-led states and human rights groups have previously done – by filing lawsuits and challenging presidential decrees..
David Pekoske, acting secretary of homeland security, signed an executive order on the first day of Biden’s presidency directing immigration authorities to focus on threats to national and public security and people who entered the United States illegally after November 1. By this order, the acting Minister overturned the Trump administration’s policy of deportation to all people who entered the country illegally.
The one-hundred-day moratorium came into effect on Friday and extended to virtually all people who entered the United States illegally before November 1.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the moratorium violated federal law and an agreement signed between the state of Texas and the Department of Homeland Security in the final weeks of Trump’s presidency. This agreement required the Department of Homeland Security to consult with Texas and other border states before taking any action to “reduce, reroute, re-prioritize, weaken, or any change in immigration laws.”.