Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Friday that he is suing the Biden administration over its temporary halt in deportation for the next 100 days.
“In one of its first of dozens of steps that harm Texas and the nation as a whole, the Biden administration directed DHS to violate federal immigration law and breach an agreement to consult and cooperate with Texas on that law. 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,” Paxton said.
“DHS itself has previously acknowledged that such a freeze on deportations will cause concrete injuries to Texas. I am confident that these unlawful and perilous actions cannot stand. The rule of law and security of our citizens must prevail,” Paxton added.
Paxton, who became infamous for asking the Supreme Court to toss out election results in four battleground states, is now asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to issue a restraining order against the directive that goes into effect on Friday because it violates the Constitution.
“If left unchallenged, DHS could re-assert this suspension power for a longer period or even indefinitely, effectively granting a blanket amnesty to illegal aliens that Congress has refused to pass time and time again,” the complaint reads. “The Constitution, controlling statutes, and prior Executive pledges prevent a seismic change to this country’s immigration laws merely by memorandum.”
The Homeland Security Department announced a “reset and review” of immigration policies for the first 100 days of the Biden administration including a freeze on most deportations of noncitizens.