Texas judge temporarily blocks President Joe Biden’s plan to halt all deportations

Drew Tipton, a Texas Judge, has blocked Biden’s plan to stop all deportations, with the exception of more serious cases such as deportations for espionage.

Tipton believes that the Biden Administration failed to provide formidable justification for a 100 day pause. “In the instant case, the January 20 Memorandum and the corresponding administrative record fail to indicate the appropriateness and rationality of DHS’s path in implementing a 100- day pause on removals. In other words, the Court, even with additional briefing and the administrative record at its disposal, still cannot discern how DHS’s stated concerns are logically connected with–let alone determinative of–the action taken, the 100-day pause,” Tipton argued.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has adamantly opposed the Biden Administration’s order, expressed his support for this decision. Paxton stated earlier that he found the order to be detrimental to the state’s economy and that it was unconstitutional, of which Tipton agreed with. Paxton also stated that Biden’s order would suggest that the DHS violate an agreement they have with Texas that allows the state to make edits and suggestions to DHS policies in order for them to go into effect. “Failure to properly enforce the law will directly and immediately endanger our citizens and law enforcement personnel,” Paxton said. 

Biden campaigned on reversing Trump’s immigration policies and began signing a flurry of executive orders beginning on inauguration day, calling for a review of Trump’s policies, extending protections for young immigrants in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and halting travel bans. The moratorium, the administration argued, allowed the Department of Homeland Security time to review the agency’s policies. While Tipton’s ruling is a blow to Biden’s pledge to temporarily halt deportations, it doesn’t affect Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s new enforcement priorities.




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