Texas files lawsuit against Biden administration over halt to deportations

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed that Biden’s plan would harm Texas by preventing the state from deporting undocumented immigrants. (Image Source: Twitter/Attorney General Ken Paxton)

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed the order breaches a deal between the state and the Department of Homeland Security. 

Texas on Friday sued President Joe Biden’s administration for ordering a 100-day moratorium on deportations. The republican-led state filed a major lawsuit challenging the new administration not even a week after Biden was sworn in. 

The federal lawsuit seeks a halt to the deportation moratorium “for certain noncitizens” that was to start on Friday. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas reads: “On its first day in office, the Biden Administration cast aside congressionally enacted immigration laws and suspended the removal of illegal aliens whose removal is compelled by those very laws.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed the order breaches a deal reached between the state and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As per Paxton’s claim, under the deal made two weeks before the end of the Donald Trump administration, DHS had agreed to consult with Texas before making any changes to the deportations regulations. He added that the changes amount to “blanket amnesty.”

Donald Trump appointee US District Judge Drew Tipton in Victoria, Texas, heard the arguments on Friday. He stated he would issue a decision later. 

Paxton said that Biden’s plan would harm Texas by preventing the state from deporting undocumented immigrants. He said: “Failure to properly enforce the law will directly and immediately endanger our citizens and law enforcement personnel.”

Paxton also led a lawsuit challenging the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation. The case is ongoing.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation  is currently investigating Paxton over accusations by top former aides that he abused his office at the service of a donor. 

As we have reported earlier, Biden has signed several other executive orders to revere the Trump administration’s policies. 


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