With Texas suing the Biden administration over the new president’s 100-day moratorium on deportations, a federal court decided Tuesday to place an injunction against the executive order, temporarily blocking Biden from moving forward with his plan. The judge’s block only lasts for 14 days, but that will give time for the courts to review the basic elements of Texas’s lawsuit to see if it merits further judicial action.
Texas has sued the Biden administration based on what they see as a violation of an agreement the state made with the Department of Homeland Security under President Donald Trump. In that agreement, the federal government said they would consult with Texas on any changes to federal immigration law and give 180 days’ notice in advance of those changes. Texas officials argue that Biden’s executive order breaks that agreement. Now it is up to the courts to decide if the agreement itself is valid under the law.
While it would seem at first glance that the courts could merely block Biden from imposing his 100-day deportation freeze within Texas boundaries, the judge wisely saw that his order needed to be implemented nationwide to prevent the “free flow of movement” that illegal aliens enjoy from state to state.
The White House issued a statement on Tuesday defending the president’s order.
“We’re confident that as the case proceeds, it will be clear that this measure was wholly appropriate in ordering a temporary pause to allow the agency to carefully review its policies, procedures, and enforcement priorities – while allowing for a greater focus on threats to public safety and national security,” a White House spokesman said. “President Biden remains committed to taking immediate action to reform our immigration system to ensure it’s upholding American values while keeping our communities safe.”
In his complaint to the court, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said, “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.”
There are currently more than 14,000 illegal aliens in ICE custody, but they alone represent only a small fraction of the damage that will be done by Biden’s orders – both this one and the ones to come. Each step towards amnesty sends a clear and precise message to would-be migrants in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. It says: The U.S. is open for business, so join up with a caravan and come on in. That message is how we got to 11 million illegal immigrants today and it’s how we’ll be up to 20 million before you know it.
Or would be, in any case, if we didn’t keep trying to reclassify them as “citizens.”