A federal judge in Texas has issued an order temporarily preventing the Biden administration from beginning its 100-day pause on deportations of illegal immigrants.
Last week, President Joe Biden fulfilled his campaign pledge to sign an executive order directing Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to cease deporting some illegal immigrants for a period of 100 days. Biden's order instructed these components of the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a "review and reset" of the federal government's immigration enforcement policies, allowing time for the Biden executive branch to begin reversing the policies of the previous administration.
Following Biden's executive order, the state of Texas sued the administration, seeking injunctive relief to stop the Biden administration from following through with the freeze on deportations. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed Biden's executive order "violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas" and the Department of Homeland Security.
"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," said Paxton. "DHS itself has previously acknowledged that such a freeze on deportations will cause concrete injuries to Texas. I am confident that these unlawful and perilous actions cannot stand. The rule of law and security of our citizens must prevail."