USA judge blocks deportation freeze in swift setback for Biden
Jan 28 2021
On January 20 Biden cancelled the Trump administration's most controversial immigration measures, including the building of a wall on the border with Mexico.
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"Within 6 days of Biden's inauguration, Texas has HALTED his illegal deportation freeze", Paxton tweeted after the order.
Attorney General Paxton argued that the Biden administration's deportation moratorium is unconstitutional and violates federal immigration and administrative laws.
The moratorium was to exclude any immigrant "suspected of terrorism or espionage, or otherwise poses a danger to the national security of the United States".
This joins some other early moves from the Biden administration, including extending his predecessor's freezes on both federal evictions and monthly student loan payments.
The moratorium, one of Mr. Biden's campaign promises, shielded most immigrants facing deportation from being removed from the USA, as long as they entered the country before November 1, 2020.
Justice Department lawyers representing the Biden administration have argued that Texas had not shown that it was harmed by the moratorium and called the legal agreement the Trump administration signed with Texas "invalid" and "unenforceable".
David Pekoske, the acting Homeland Security secretary, signed a memo on Mr. Biden's first day directing immigration authorities to focus on national security and public safety threats as well as anyone apprehended entering the USA illegally after November 1. It also violates a contractual agreement between Texas and The DHS.
In his order Tuesday, Tipton, who was appointed to the federal bench by former President Donald Trump, said he believed Texas was likely to succeed in arguing that the deportation pause was "arbitrary and capricious" and contrary to immigration law.
Paxton later added that "If congress wants something different than what we have, I certainly wouldn't be opposed to having them review immigration law and make changes".
Leading US civil rights group, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in turn filed a brief asking the court to deny the request.