Feb 9, 2021
A federal judge in Texas extended the suspension of President Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportation through Feb. 23.
U.S. District Court Judge Drew Tipton in the Southern District of Texas extended his suspension of the White House’s deportation moratorium for 14 days, which the judge says will give parties more time to “provide for a more fulsome record” to assist the court in “adjudicating Texas’s motion for a Preliminary Injunction.”
The judge also cites “the irreparable harm that would accrue to Texas if an extension” was not granted, Fox News reported.
The order did state, though, that the Biden administration “argued that the 100-day pause on removals is necessary to allow” them to take account “important immigration, foreign policy, and humanitarian considerations.”
“The Court may ultimately be persuaded by the Defendants’ arguments, but any harm they might incur between now and then does not outweigh the potential for irreparable harm to Texas,” Tipton wrote.
Jan 26, 2021
TEXAS — A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Biden’s attempt to put a moratorium on deportations for 100 days.
After Texas sued over the policy, the judge blocked Biden, via a temporary restraining order, from moving forward for 14 days.
Texas’ lawsuit claims that the administration would be violating an agreement it has with the Department of Homeland Security – and would require at least 180 days notice, as well as consultation, prior to implementing changes in immigration policy, Law Officer reported.
It is unclear whether those terms are enforceable, but similar agreements were struck with several other states under the former administration, Fox News reported.
“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,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement.
“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,” he said. “The rule of law and security of our citizens must prevail.”
The U.S. district judge implemented a nationwide injunction because a geographically-limited order would not adequately protect Texas’ interests due to “the free flow of movement” of illegal aliens from other states.