A federal judge in the State of Texas has suspended President Joe Biden’s executive order to stop deportations for 100 days, according to the Western Journal.
U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton declared that there would be a suspension to provide parties with a “more fulsome record” to assist the court in “adjudicating Texas’s motion for a Preliminary Injunction.”
The Judge cited “the irreparable harm that would accrue to Texas” if the suspension was not extended.
Tipton “argued that the 100-day pause on removals is necessary to allow” it to understand “important immigration, foreign policy and humanitarian considerations.”
“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,” the judge said.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the Biden administration due to an executive order to halt all deportations for The First 100 days Biden is in office.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were ordered to allow illegal immigrants to go free.
An email from the Department of Homeland Security reads, “As of midnight tonight, stop all removals.”
“This includes Mexican bus runs, charter flights and commercial removals (until further notice) … all cases are to be considered [no significant likelihood of removal in foreseeable future].”
Paxton sued, claiming that a deportation moratorium was a violation of federal law.
Texas previously signed an agreement stating that the state is to be consulted before actions were taken to “reduce, redirect, reprioritize, relax, or in any way modify immigration enforcement” agreements with DHS under the Trump administration.
Tipton and Paxton both agree to place a 14-day suspension on the deportation moratorium.
“In light of the foregoing, the Court finds that the threat of injury to Texas outweighs any potential harm to Defendants and the public interest is served and protected by the issuance of this TRO,” Tipton said.
ICE spokeswoman Jenny Burke said, “The commission of an aggravated felony is the most conclusive proof of a public safety threat.”
“ICE retains its unlimited discretion to evaluate any conduct in defining a public safety threat.”
Ice will deport individuals who have committed serious crimes.
From The Western Journal:
Tipton was appointed to the bench by former President Donald Trump last February. He was confirmed by the Senate on June 3.
The Washington Post reported that a January memo to ICE agents instructed them not to seek deportations for crimes such as driving under the influence and assault.
Deportations may still be sought for individuals who are considered threats to national security, those who have recently entered the country illegally and individuals who served time in prison for aggravated felonies.
DHS director Tae Johnson told his staff that illegal immigrants with records of violent behavior, gang affiliations or aggravated felonies should be considered public safety threats who might qualify for deportations. Crimes such as murder, rape, child abuse and major drug offenses would be included, he said.