Houston A late federal judge on Tuesday banned President Joe Biden’s administration indefinitely from enforcing a 100-day freeze on most divorces. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction seeking Texas, arguing that the freeze violates federal law and risks imposing additional costs on the state.
Mr Biden proposed the 100-day break in the divorce during his campaign as part of a broader review of immigration enforcement and an attempt to reverse former President Donald Trump’s priorities.
Mr Biden proposed a sweeping immigration bill that would allow the legalization of some 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. He also introduced other guidelines for who should define immigration agents and a border for enforcement.
Tipton, a Trump nominee, initially ruled Jan. 26 that the freeze violates federal law on administrative procedure and that the U.S. has failed to show why a ceasefire is warranted.
Tipton’s ruling was not required to resume their expulsion at the previous rate. Even without a moratorium, immigration agencies have ample room to enforce deportations and case processing.
But in the days following his verdict, authorities deported 15 people to Jamaica and hundreds more to Central America. The Biden administration has also continued to deport immigrants in a separate process initiated by Trump officials, who have enforced the Public Health Act due to the coronary epidemic.
Texas Civil Liberties Union Advocate Kate Hadlestone reacted angrily to the latest ruling and said in a statement that, “Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton continues to … seek to force the Biden administration to follow former President Trump’s xenophobic policies. Allowing these divorces to continue means that families will be torn apart and that people who have the option of seeking assistance in the United States will be returned to danger. “
The legal battle over the deportation ban is an early sign of Republicans’ opposition to Mr. Biden’s immigration priorities, just as Democrats and legal groups supporting the immigrants fought Mr. Trump’s proposals. Nearly four years before the Tipton Ordinance, Mr. Trump signed a ban on travel from seven countries with mostly Muslim populations that caused chaos at airports. Legal groups have successfully demanded the cessation of the ban.
It was not immediately clear whether the Biden administration would challenge Tipton’s latest ruling. The Department of Justice did not seek to delay Tipton’s previous temporary restraining order.