A federal judge in Texas has sided with the state’s Attorney General against the Biden Administration, temporarily halting Biden’s planned pause on deporting illegal aliens, as reported by The Daily Wire.
Biden originally announced the 100-day halt on all deportations shortly after taking office, directing his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to focus its resources elsewhere. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton subsequently sued the administration, pointing out that such a moratorium would force the state of Texas to face “irreparable education and healthcare costs,” and also violated a prior agreement between the state government and the DHS, where the DHS was obligated to inform the state of any significant changes in its immigration policy beforehand.
On Tuesday, Judge Drew Tipton of the Southern District of Texas, who had been appointed by President Trump in 2020, issued an injunction that blocked Biden’s planned moratorium for 14 days. During the case, Tipton admitted that the Biden DHS’s decision “arbitrarily and capriciously departed from its previous policy without sufficient explanation.”
Judge Tipton further added that the moratorium “not only fails to consider potential policies more limited in scope and time, but it also fails to provide any concrete, reasonable justification for a 100-day pause on deportations.”
Biden’s attempted moratorium is just one of the unprecedentedly high amount of executive actions taken in his first week as president, which has shattered all previous records for the highest amount of executive orders signed in a president’s first 100 days. The ruling could possibly be the first of many such judicial roadblocks to Biden’s efforts to rule by executive power, which many have called an attempt to expand the powers of the presidency.