Shortly after assuming office, Fox News reported that President Joe Biden had announced a 100-day freeze on the deportation of undocumented immigrants. But that move was quickly challenged by the state of Texas, which soon succeeded in getting a federal judge to block it.
This week, the judge clobbered Biden yet again by announcing that the ongoing injunction on the president’s deportation moratorium would be extended, the Washington Examiner reported.
“The potential for irreparable harm”
In an opinion handed down on Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Drew Tipton, who was appointed to the federal bench last year by then-President Donald Trump, said the order’s negative impact on the state outweighs the White House’s interest.
“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, according to the Examiner.
The extension was granted the same day the original injunction was set to expire, according to The Hill.
The block on Biden’s policy will now last an additional 14 days, until Feb. 23, the Examiner reports. It was first issued by the judge on Jan. 26.
“Unconstitutional, illegal, and bad”
Tipton’s decision likely came as welcome news to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the charge against Biden’s new immigration policy.
“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 suit last month, according to the Examiner. “They didn’t budge.”
The AG went on: “A higher number of illegal aliens in Texas leads to budgetary harms, including higher education and health care costs.”
“Change the culture”
But perhaps Paxton and his allies shouldn’t be surprised by the president’s moves; after all, Biden campaigned on a promise to loosening America’s immigration rules. According to Breitbart, he even told members of Iowa’s Asian and Latino Coalition PAC in 2019, “We could afford to take, in a heartbeat, another 2 million people.”
During an interview with VICE News the following year, Biden also pledged to fire Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials who arrest illegal aliens for anything short of a felony — and driving under the influence apparently doesn’t count.
“You change the culture by saying you are going to get fired. You are fired if, in fact, you do that,” Biden said at the time, according to Inside Sources. “You only arrest for the purpose of dealing with a felony that’s committed, and I don’t count drunk driving as a felony.”