Texas has filed a lawsuit against the United States government for ordering a halt to most deportations of illegal aliens, the first major lawsuit challenging President Biden’s policies two days into his term.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton accused the Department of Homeland Security of violating immigration law by ordering the deportation freeze.
“In one of its first of dozens of steps that harm Texas and the nation as a whole, the Biden administration directed DHS to violate federal immigration law and breach an agreement to consult and cooperate with Texas on that law,” Paxton stated. “Our state defends the largest section of the southern border in the nation. Failure to properly enforce the law will directly and immediately endanger our citizens and law enforcement personnel.”
Ken Paxton said that the pause violates federal law, the U.S. Constitution and an agreement between Texas and the homeland security agency signed in the closing days of the Trump administration.
The DHS issued a memo Thursday ordering all of its bureaus to “reset and review” their immigration enforcement policies, including a 100-day freeze on most deportations of noncitizens.
“Our state defends the largest section of the southern border in the nation. Failure to properly enforce the law will directly and immediately endanger our citizens and law enforcement personnel,” Paxton said in a statement announcing his first lawsuit against President Joe Biden’s policies.
Paxton asked United States District Judge Drew Tipton, a nominee of former President Trump who took the bench in Corpus Christi, to issue a temporary restraining order that would immediately halt the deportation freeze for those in the U.S. illegally.
“I promise my fellow Texans and Americans that I will fight against the many unconstitutional and illegal actions that the new administration will take, challenge federal overreach that infringes on Texans’ rights, and serve as a major check against the administration’s lawlessness,” Paxton said.
President Joe Biden has also sent an expansive immigration proposal to Congress that includes a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal aliens.