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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Request a temporary restraining order Against the Department of Homeland Security last Friday. A federal judge Granting the request TuesdayAnd the suspension of the deportation ban imposed by President Biden for a period of 100 days.
Judge Drew Tipton agreed with Paxton that there was a possibility that the state would suffer imminent damage and could not be repaired if a temporary restraining order was not granted. He also said that the order would not harm the defendants or the public. Tipton said the nationwide injunction is valid for 14 days, according to court documents.
On the same day Biden was inaugurated in Washington, Acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pecowski issued a note To the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and Citizen and Immigration Services. He announced a review of policies and practices across the division and its components – including A. 100 days of pause when some non-citizens are deported. Paxton argued that the moratorium would be detrimental.
“Our country is defending the largest part of the country’s southern borders,” Paxton said. “Failure to properly enforce the law will directly and immediately endanger our citizens and law enforcement personnel.”
The memo said Biden promised to scrap several of Trump’s immigration policies in his first 100 days in office, as Homeland Security would refocus his efforts, with priority given to threats to national security, public safety and border security.
Jorge Lowry, director of policy at the US Immigration Council, said the moratorium would give the Biden administration time to consider each detainee’s case separately.
“The moratorium indicates a very clear understanding of the impact of the Trump administration on immigration over the past four years,” Lowery said. It will take time to correct this damage. ”
There are currently 14,195 people in immigration detention centers across the country. According to ICE.
The US Department of Justice did not immediately respond to requests for comment.