100-day deportation pause shot down by Texas judge

U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton has banned enforcement of President Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportations (https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bidens-100-day-deportation-moratorium-judge). Biden along with then acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske initially signed the memorandum back on January 20th. This came in addition to several other executive orders focused on immigration, one of the primary issues Biden focused on during his campaign. The order was intended to pause for most illegal immigrants, but there were exceptions including those who had engaged in terrorism or espionage or potentially posed a threat to national security.

The case was initially brought forward On January 22nd by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who argued that the measure violated the U.S. Constitution and federal law. AG Paxton also claimed that it violated an agreement between the Department of Homeland Security and the state of Texas made towards the end of the Trump Administration. This agreement required the Department of Homeland Security to give the state of Texas 180 days’ notice if any changes were going to be made to border enforcement. Paxton released a statement, saying, "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.” Agreeing with these arguments, Judge Tipton put a two week restraining order on January 26th.

President Biden has already passed several other immigration related reforms including reversing President Trump’s travel ban, ending construction on the border wall with Mexico, and strengthening the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. That being said, the president also recently opened a new migrant child detention center, receiving backlash from critics and supporters alike. Others worry about the potential for a surge in migrant caravans coming up from other Central American countries now that restrictions have been laxed. Are the Biden Administration’s new immigration policies a step in the right direction or is Judge Tipton right in keeping these measures in check? Is there a legitimate threat of increased illegal immigration under this administration?

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