As one of his first actions in office, President Joe Biden set the tone for his open borders immigration agenda with a “pause” on most deportations for 100 days.
Just days after the radical policy was implemented, a Texas judge appointed by former President Donald Trump pressed pause — on Biden’s pause, Breitbart reported.
U.S. District Judge Drew B. Tipton issued a temporary restraining order blocking Biden’s order nationwide for 14 days. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who challenged Biden’s order, hailed the decision.
“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,” Paxton said. “A near-complete suspension of deportations would only serve to endanger Texans and undermine federal law.”
Tipton said that he expects Paxton to succeed in making the case that Biden’s move was “arbitrary and capricious” and noted that Biden failed to “provide any concrete, reasonable justification” for the order.
He also agreed with Paxton that Biden’s decision would inflict “irreparable harm” on Texans through the financial burdens imposed by illegal immigration.
“Additionally, Texas has presented evidence that it would incur increased educational costs … Texas anticipates suffering financial harm from which it cannot recover by suing the federal government,” Tipton said.
Biden issued the deportation pause in a Department of Homeland Security memo on his first day in office, as part of a wildly ambitious agenda to roll back immigration enforcement.
His actions have prompted alarm, with many observers saying that he is exacerbating a burgeoning crisis at the worst possible time, with a “caravan” making its way to the border in the middle of a pandemic and economic recession.
Officials in the Biden administration said that they are “confident” the policy will hold up under legal scrutiny, CBS reported.
“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,” the White House said in a statement.
To Biden’s chagrin, it appears that Trump’s legacy on the federal bench is already getting in the way of his plans to unilaterally open the border.