Joe Biden has hit the ground running by signing executive orders one after another but it appears he is hitting a roadblock. After signing an order to halt the deportation of over 100 illegal immigrants, the Texas AG stepped in to say enough is enough.
The case was heard by U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, and was able to issue a temporary restraining order. Of course, this is a setback to the Biden administration who is planning on offering over 11 million illegal immigrants amnesty, but who knows maybe something amazing will happen.
Here is more from The Epoch Times:
During former President, Donald Trump’s four years in office, Democrats and immigration activists often filed lawsuits in an attempt to halt Trump’s border wall construction among other immigration provisions. With Paxton’s lawsuit, it’s likely that Republicans may do the same—especially with hundreds of judges appointed by Trump during his term in office.
Paxton, in a statement on Twitter, hailed the victory, saying, “Texas is the FIRST state in the nation to bring a lawsuit against the Biden Admin. AND WE WON.”
“Within 6 days of Biden’s inauguration, Texas has HALTED his illegal deportation freeze. *This* was a seditious left-wing insurrection,” the Republican continued. “And my team and I stopped it.
David Pekoske, the acting Homeland Security secretary, issued a directive on Jan. 20 directing authorities to focus on national security and public safety threats as well as anyone who was taken into custody after entering the U.S. illegally after Nov. 1.
The Epoch Times has reached out to the White House for comment.
The Biden administration argued in court that Paxton’s lawsuit is unenforceable because “an outgoing administration cannot contract away that power for an incoming administration.”
Pekokse, in making the announcement to sign the order, said the deportation freeze would allow the DHS to “ensure that its resources are dedicated to responding to the most pressing challenges that the United States faces.” That includes the “immediate operational challenges at the southwest border in the midst of the most serious global public health crisis in a century,” Pekokse said. “Throughout this interim period DHS will continue to enforce our immigration laws.”
But last week, Paxton, a Republican, said the DHS failed to consult with Texas before making its immigration policy changes, as is required per an agreement between Texas and the agency.
“Border states like Texas pay a particularly high price when the federal government fails to faithfully execute our country’s immigration laws,” Paxton said last week, adding that an “attempted halt on almost all deportations would increase the cost to Texas caused by illegal immigration.”
Like Paxton, several former Trump DHS officials expressed alarm in recent days over Biden’s orders to rescind some immigration rules.
“With the stroke of a pen, President Biden made this country less safe,” former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan told Breitbart News on Jan. 23. “It’s pure politics over public safety.”
Separately, a Democratic member of Congress confirmed that border wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border would be halted on Tuesday night, per one of Biden’s orders.
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