President Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportations was dealt another crushing blow as a Texas judge extended his ban on the order indefinitely. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton extended his ban on the Jan. 20 executive order that would have implemented a 100-day moratorium on almost all deportations.
Judge Tipton previously issued a two-week block of the order after Texas attorney general Ken Paxton argued that the order not only violates federal law but also an agreement between Texas and The Department of Homeland Security which required the state to be consulted beforehand.
Fox News reports:
But Texas argued the directive violates the Constitution and federal law as well as a contractual agreement between Texas and DHS signed in the final days of the Trump administration that the state would be consulted before reducing immigration enforcement or pausing deportations.
The agreement means that DHS must give Texas 180 days’ notice of any proposed change on any matter that would reduce enforcement or increase the number of “removable or inadmissible aliens” in the U.S. Paxton claims that agreement has been violated.
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,” Paxton said in a statement last month announcing the lawsuit.
The administration has since issued guidance to ICE agents, informing them that they will need preapproval from managers to arrest some illegal immigrants if they do not fall into the categories similar to those that were also exempted from the deportation freeze.
Since becoming President, Biden has issued a slew of executive orders aimed at tearing down Trump-era immigration policies. The executive orders have subverted Congress and many are criticizing why Biden seems to be more focused on helping those across the border rather than the millions of Americans struggling across the country.