Texas and Louisiana are suing the Biden administration’s Department of Homeland Security for allegedly refusing to arrest criminal illegal immigrants.
“Federal law requires Defendants to take custody of many criminal aliens, including those with final orders of removal, those convicted of drug offenses, and those convicted of crimes of moral turpitude,” says the complaint. “By refusing to take these criminal aliens into custody, Defendants have disregarded non-discretionary legal duties.”
The complaint brings up a memo by the DHS that established “interim enforcement priorities.” These newly established “priorities” targeted three groups of illegal immigrants: those who pose a national security risk, those who entered the U.S after November 1st, and those convicted of an “aggravated felony.”
The complaint alleges that the DHS no longer prioritizes illegal immigrants who have final orders of removal, have drug convictions, or those convicted of crimes of “moral turpitude.” The complaint also alleges that the memo has forced the DHS to rescind detainers, which are requests that local criminal justice systems detain illegal immigrants until the federal government can take them into custody, or not issue them anymore.
The Biden administration claims that these new guidelines would make the agency more efficient, critics claim the guidelines ignore other criminal immigrants.
The Biden administration also tried to issue a moratorium on most deportations, but was blocked by a federal judge.
“As a consequence, dangerous criminal aliens are being released into local communities,” says the complaint.
“President Biden’s outright refusal to enforce the law is exacerbating an unprecedented border crisis. By failing to take custody of criminal aliens and giving no explanation for this reckless policy change, the Biden Administration is demonstrating a blatant disregard for Texans’ and Americans’ safety,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.