A federal judge extended the temporary suspension of President Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportations.
“The Court may ultimately be persuaded by the Defendants’ arguments, but any harm they might incur between now and then does not outweigh the potential for irreparable harm to Texas,” U.S. District Court Judge Drew Tipton in the Southern District of Texas wrote Tuesday.
The administration “argued that the 100-day pause on removals is necessary to allow” them to look into “important immigration, foreign policy, and humanitarian considerations,” the order stated.
Tipton, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, extended the suspension of the Biden administration’s deportation moratorium for 14 days, until Feb. 23. He also cited that there would be “irreparable harm” to Texas if he did not grant the extension. The move comes after he temporarily halted Biden’s deportation freeze on Jan. 26.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton brought a lawsuit against the Biden administration last month after the president announced a 100-day halt to deportations.
“I told [the Department of Homeland Security] and [Biden] last night to rescind its deportation freeze, which is unconstitutional, illegal, and bad for Texas and the nation,” Paxton said of the lawsuit at the time. “They didn’t budge.”
“A higher number of illegal aliens in Texas leads to budgetary harms, including higher education and healthcare costs,” the lawsuit said.
Author: Emma Colton
Source: Washington Examiner: Federal judge extends suspension of Biden’s deportation freeze