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Texas Judge Blocks President Biden’s Freeze of Deportations

After President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum to halt all deportation for the first 100 days of his administration, Trump-nominated U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton has blocked the move, putting a two-week hold on the memo

The memorandum, Tipton wrote, “not only fails to consider potential policies more limited in scope and time, but it also fails to provide any concrete, reasonable justification for a 100-day pause on deportations.”

“DHS, however, never explains how the pause in removals helps accomplish these goals. It remains unknown why a 100-day pause is needed given the allegedly ‘unique circumstances’ to which the January 20 Memorandum alludes,” Tipton added. 

The decision from Biden’s DHS to temporarily halt deportations was made “to ensure we have a fair and effective immigration enforcement system focused on protecting national security, border security, and public safety,” according to a DHS news release last week.

Following suit with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the pause of the memorandum allows time for Paxton’s lawsuit against the Biden administration.

Paxton, citing an agreement made by Former President Trump’s DHS that requires the federal government to convene with state before passing sweeping immigration reform, an agreement the Biden administration violated.

“(Biden’s order) ignored basic constitutional principles and violated its written pledge to work cooperatively with the State of Texas to address shared immigration enforcement concerns,” Paxton’s lawsuit states. “This unlawful reversal will cause Texas immediate and irreparable harm if it is not enjoined.”

Paxton casted his support for Tipton’s decision, explaining, “the Court’s decision to stop the Biden Administration from casting aside congressionally enacted immigration laws is a much-needed remedy for DHS’s unlawful action. A near-complete suspension of deportations would only serve to endanger Texans and undermine federal law.”

With Biden’s intent to swiftly undo virtually all of Trump’s legacy, especially on the subject of immigration, Texas’s resistance poses a massive roadblock for his administration. Despite his three Presidential predecessors attempting and failing at passing immigration reform, Biden, with the weight of a unified federal government behind him, has his eyes set on radically redefining America’s borders.

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