Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Friday that the state is suing the Biden administration for freezing the deportation of illegal immigrants.
In a complaint and a motion asking for a temporary restraining order (TRO), Paxton wrote:
"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,” adding: “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."
I told @DHSgov and @JoeBiden last night to rescind its deportation freeze, which is unconstitutional, illegal, and bad for Texas and the nation.— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) January 22, 2021
They didn’t budge.
So #Texas is bringing them to court. Here’s our lawsuit: https://t.co/oR2cfG85Bz
Earlier this week, President Joe Biden said he wanted to “reset” policies on who should be deported by rescinding an order from former President Donald Trump that broadened who officials could deport.
Paxton sent a letter to Acting Department of Homeland Security David Pekoske, saying “This complete abdication of the Department of Homeland Security’s obligation to enforce federal immigration law is unlawful and will seriously irreparably harm the State of Texas and its citizens.” -CBS DFW
In a Wednesday memo, Pekoske issued new guidance to officials directing them to refocus deportation efforts on convicted criminals who pose a national security threat. Illegals who entered the country on or after November 1, 2020 are also subject to deportation.