Texas AG Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit Friday against the Biden administration for its decision to freeze deportations of illegal immigrants.
On Joe Biden’s first day in the Oval office, his Acting Secretary of DHS David Pekoske issued a memorandum “directing an immediate pause on removals of any noncitizen with a final order of removal for 100 days” beginning on or before January 22, 2021.
In response, Paxton issued a letter to Pekoske asking him to “rescind” the order. However
“Should such a directive be legal or left unchallenged, DHS could attempt to renew that directive indefinitely or issue a similar directive for an even loner period of time. That would allow the Biden Administration to grant blanket amnesty to the vast majority of the illegal aliens in this country with the stroke of a pen and without congressional approval,” the letter states.
According to the complaint, Pekoske failed to respond to the Texas Attorney General’s letter.
Paxton then filed a complaint and emergency application for a temporary restraining order motion in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas asking the Court to “immediately halt the Department of Homeland Security’s freeze on deportations of illegal aliens.”
“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,” Paxton said in a press release.
“DHS itself has previously acknowledged that such a freeze on deportations will cause concrete injuries to Texas,” he continued.
The complaint asks the court to declare the freeze “unlawful” and/or “postpone” the enactment date of the memorandum.
The emergency motion asks the Court to either issue a temporary restraining order which would prevent the Biden administration from enacting the freeze or “postpone” the effective date.
“I am confident that these unlawful and perilous actions cannot stand. The rule of law and security of our citizens must prevail,” Paxton concluded.