The Texas decide extends the injunction for Biden’s 100-day deportation freeze
A Texas judge has extended an injunction against President Joe Biden’s 100-day freeze on new deportations.
The Hill said Judge Drew Tipton of the U.S. District Court for the Southern Texas District has extended an earlier injunction against Biden’s decree. In his ruling, Tipton said that preventing undocumented immigrants from being removed by federal agencies could cause “irreparable” damage to states along the border.
“The court may ultimately be convinced of the defendants’ arguments, but any harm they may suffer by then does not outweigh the potential for irreparable harm to Texas,” wrote Tipton.
Tipton’s original order, The Hill adds, was due to end earlier this week.
A 2013 picture of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Image via Wikimedia Commons / User: Alice Linahan Voices Empower. (CCA-BY-2.0).
The lawsuit was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Although President Biden specifically allowed certain deportations – including those of organized crime and terrorists – to continue, Paxton alleged that freezing or curtailing deportation departments at the Department of Homeland Security could have dire consequences.
“In one of the first of dozen of steps harming Texas and the nation as a whole, the Biden government directed the DHS to violate federal immigration law and break an agreement to consult and work with Texas,” Paxton said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. “Our state defends most of the country’s southern border. If the law is not properly enforced, our citizens and law enforcement personnel will be put at direct and immediate risk. “
By and large, Paxton argued that President Biden and his administration had no power to stop deportations without first consulting Texas.
Paxton’s claim is based on a last-minute pact between the outgoing Trump administration and Texas. As LegalReader previously reported, the deal appears to be intended as a barrier to Biden’s likely guidelines.
The Hill notes that the American Civil Liberties Union intervened in the lawsuit on behalf of two undocumented immigrants.
In its own court records, the ACLU said that Texas – a single state – shouldn’t have the unilateral power to contain federal politics.
“The ramifications of this lawsuit are far-reaching: Texas claims an effective veto of national immigration policy and seeks to improve the first steps of a new government to determine national immigration policy just days after taking office,” the ACLU wrote in a January letter. “However, this is not just a government struggle for sovereign power. In this case, it is about serious human engagement. “
Paxton’s lawsuit had real consequences. The Texas Tribune reports how a woman – a survivor of the immigrant shootings in El Paso – was deported after a routine traffic obstruction.
An attorney for the anonymous woman says her deportation was the result of Paxton’s lawsuit and subsequent injunctions.
Federal judges are preventing the Biden government from suspending deportation for another two weeks
The judge extended the injunction against Biden’s deportation freeze