Judge Temporarily Halts Biden's 100-Day Deportation Moratorium

Judge Temporarily Halts Biden's 100-Day Deportation Moratorium

U.S. President Joe Biden is expected on Friday to issue executive orders on asylum resettlement and reunification of migrant families, among other issues, according to a Biden transition team memo shared with lawmakers and interviews with two people familiar with the plans. Texas is expected to contest Biden's agenda in a similar fashion.

In a complaint filed on Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the state would face irreparable harm if the deportation freeze was allowed to go into effect.

The Department of Homeland Security referred a request for comment to the White House, which issued a statement saying the moratorium was "wholly appropriate".

The agreement between DHS and Texas also states that the department would "promote the return or removal from the United States of inadmissible and removable aliens", which Paxton says is clearly at odds with the memorandum.

Biden will also direct US agencies to create strategies to address the root causes of migration from Central America and expand opportunities for migrants to come to the United States legally, the memo said.

A Texas federal judge suspended the Biden administration's eviction moratorium for 14 days.

Biden promised on the campaign trail to enact a 100-day moratorium on deportations if elected, a proposal that contrasted sharply with the immigration crackdown promoted by Trump, a Republican.

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The 100-day moratorium went into effect Friday and applied to nearly anyone who entered the US without authorization before November.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed Biden's executive order "violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas" and the Department of Homeland Security.

The Biden administration argued in court filings that the agreement is unenforceable because "an outgoing administration can not contract away that power for an incoming administration".

"Texas is the FIRST state in the nation to bring a lawsuit against the Biden Admin", Paxton tweeted.

In his decision, Tipton found that Texas has a "substantial likelihood of success" in at least two of six claims it has made against the Biden administration: That the executive order violates federal law and that the federal government "arbitrarily and capriciously departed from its previous policy without sufficient explanation". The House has since impeached Mr. Trump for incitement of the siege. "A near-complete suspension of deportations would only serve to endanger Texans and undermine federal law".

The American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged many of Mr. Trump's immigration policies, had filed an amicus brief over the weekend in support of the Biden administration, arguing that DHS has broad discretion when deciding to deport - or not deport - individuals.

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