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The Biden administration has faced the strongest pushback to their immigration agenda in Texas.
Among Biden’s executive orders on immigration included a freeze on deportations for 100 days, which was a promise of his presidential campaign.
At the end of January, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued to stop an “unconstitutional, illegal, and bad” freeze on deportations of illegal immigrants. “I told [the Department of Homeland Security] and [Biden] last night to rescind its deportation freeze, which is unconstitutional, illegal, and bad for Texas and the nation,” Paxton of the lawsuit on Twitter. “They didn’t budge.”
Days later U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued an injunction blocking Biden’s deportation freeze for fourteen days, saying that Texas has a “substantial likelihood of success” in at least two of six claims it has made against the Biden administration. Those are that the executive order violates federal law and that the federal government “arbitrarily and capriciously departed from its previous policy without sufficient explanation.”
And he’s since extended the freeze. As The Blaze reported:
U.S. District Court Judge Drew Tipton in the Southern District of Texas lengthened his suspension of the White House’s deportation freeze for another 14 days to give the Biden administration and the state of Texas more time to “provide for a more fulsome record” to assist the court in “adjudicating Texas’s motion for a Preliminary Injunction.”
Additionally, the judge warned of “the irreparable harm that would accrue to Texas if an extension” was not granted. Though he did acknowledge the Biden administration’s argument that “the 100-day pause on removals is necessary to allow” them to take account of “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.
Biden’s philosophy on deportations defies all common sense. As we covered earlier this week:
While ICE’s new operational plans are not yet final, interim instructions sent to senior officials point to a major shift in enforcement. Agents will no longer seek to deport immigrants for crimes such as driving under the influence and assault, and will focus instead on national security threats, recent border crossers and people completing prison and jail terms for aggravated felony convictions.
In a rare instance where Press Secretary Jen Psaski was actually able to answer a question, she confirmed as much.
With Democrats in control of the presidency and Congress, only President Trump’s judicial legacy can save us now.
Author: Matt Palumbo