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Thanks to the current actions of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and past actions of former President Donald Trump, newly inaugurated President Joe Biden’s radical deportation agenda has come to a screeching halt — for now.
Following in the paths of Democrat officials who’d stymied former President Donald Trump’s agenda by constantly filing lawsuits, late last week Paxton filed a suit of his own challenging the Biden administration’s 100-day deportation moratorium.
“The move violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas and DHS,” the Texas AG’s office announced in a press release last Friday.
His office added that the moratorium amounted to “an abdication of [the Department of Homeland Security’s] obligation to enforce federal immigration law, which would seriously and irreparably harm Texas and its citizens.”
In a ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, a Trump appointee who was installed in his post early last year, concurred with Paxton’s complaints about Biden’s deportation order and issued a temporary 14-day nationwide injunction against it.
The judge maintained that Paxton was correct in asserting that the order would cause Texas to “suffer imminent and irreparable harm” and noted that the Biden administration had failed “to provide any concrete, reasonable justification” for a moratorium.
The irony here is that this is “the same legal standard — part of the Administrative Procedure Act — that was frequently used by Democratic state attorneys general to halt an array of Trump’s initiatives in their tracks,” according to Bloomberg.
View the order below:
The Biden administration responded to the ruling by effectively doubling down — something that would have likely engendered shrieks of “dictator” had the Trump administration acted similarly.
“We’re confident that as the case proceeds, it will be clear that this measure was wholly appropriate in ordering a temporary pause to allow the agency to carefully review its policies, procedures, and enforcement priorities – while allowing for a greater focus on threats to public safety and national security,” a White House spokesperson said.
“President Biden remains committed to taking immediate action to reform our immigration system to ensure it’s upholding American values while keeping our communities safe.”
NEW — The @WhiteHouse responds:
“We’re confident that as the case proceeds, it will be clear that this measure was wholly appropriate in ordering a temporary pause to allow the agency to carefully review its policies, procedures, and enforcement priorities … ” pic.twitter.com/MnHzthO3yJ
— Camilo Montoya-Galvez (@camiloreports) January 26, 2021
Paxton, meanwhile, responded to the suit by boldly declaring “victory” against what he described as “a seditious left-wing insurrection.”
Texas is the FIRST state in the nation to bring a lawsuit against the Biden Admin.
AND WE WON.
Within 6 days of Biden’s inauguration, Texas has HALTED his illegal deportation freeze.
*This* was a seditious left-wing insurrection. And my team and I stopped it.
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) January 26, 2021
“The Court’s decision to stop the Biden Administration from casting aside congressionally enacted immigration laws is a much-needed remedy for DHS’s unlawful action. A near-complete suspension of deportations would only serve to endanger Texans and undermine federal law,” he added in a formal statement.
“Blatantly illegal security threats cannot be allowed to stand, and the rule of law must be upheld. I commend the Court for prioritizing the law and safety of our citizens, and I will continue to defend Texas against the unlawful and unconstitutional actions of President Biden and his Administration,” he added.
VICTORY FOR TEXAS
Six days into the @JoeBiden admin, Texas successfully stopped the unconstitutional & irresponsible deportation freeze. The fed gov’t must abide by immigration laws, not circumvent them. I’ll continue to fight for Texans & the rule of law.https://t.co/f5UQVjSsG9
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) January 26, 2021
The Court’s decision to stop the Biden Administration from casting aside congressionally enacted immigration laws is a much-needed remedy for DHS’s unlawful action.
I commend the Court for prioritizing the law and safety of our citizens. https://t.co/qeTpYLaCVj
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) January 26, 2021
Note that this victory is temporary, as the injunction is only designed to provide enough time for the case to be heard in full.
While it’s unclear what’ll happen once the full case is indeed heard, the left-wing zealots who’d spent their every waking moment attacking former President Trump’s agenda are enraged that someone is now daring to apply the same standard to Biden.
For instance, the Texas branch of the American Civil Liberties Union cried that Paxton’s suit is “baseless” because it’s rooted in xenophobia:
Paxton sought to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election by attempting to suppress votes — now he is attempting to force the Biden administration to follow Trump’s xenophobic policies.
This baseless lawsuit must be thrown out. https://t.co/SfkGBkJfJz
— ACLU of Texas (@ACLUTx) January 26, 2021
But cry as they might, they should probably get used to injunctions such as this.
Get used to those nationwide injunctions, libs https://t.co/uiVIA4DCZk
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) January 26, 2021
Tipton’s ruling comes days after Fox News host Tucker Carlson obtained confirmation that the Biden administration had issued a memo ordering U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to not only “stop all removals” but also “release them all” as well.
“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]. Release them all, immediately. No sponsor available is not acceptable any longer,” the memo read.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 23, 2021
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