“Texas is the FIRST state in the nation to bring a lawsuit against the Biden Admin. AND WE WON.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton declared “victory” Tuesday on Twitter after a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order to stop one of President Joe Biden’s first executive actions.
According to U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton in the Southern District Court of Texas, the Biden administration will not be allowed to pause deportations of illegal immigrants. Biden had tried to do so on his first day in office, but Paxton sued the administration, arguing the president’s move was “unlawful and perilous.”
“On its first day in office, the Biden Administration cast aside congressionally enacted immigration laws and suspended the removal of illegal aliens whose removal is compelled by those very laws,” Paxton said in a press release last week. “The move violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas and [Department of Homeland Security].”
“DHS itself has previously acknowledged that such a freeze on deportations will cause concrete injuries to Texas,” Paxton added.
On Tuesday, in his order, Judge Tipton wrote the Biden administration had failed to “provide any concrete, reasonable justification for a 100-day pause on deportations.”
“*This* was a seditious left-wing insurrection,” Paxton continued on Twitter. “And my team and I stopped it.”
Biden’s first day in the Oval Office included signing a slew of 17 executive orders, several of which overturned Trump policies. Among other actions, Biden stopped federal funding for the border wall construction, dragged the United States back into the controversial Paris climate accord, and canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Biden has also promised to remove Trump’s increased protections for preborn babies and force citizens to pay for abortions with tax dollars, and has proposed legalizing an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S.
After Judge Tipton’s order, Paxton celebrated the decision to “prioritize the law and safety of our citizens.”
“The Court’s decision to stop the Biden Administration from casting aside congressionally enacted immigration laws is a much-needed remedy for DHS’s unlawful action. A near-complete suspension of deportations would only serve to endanger Texans and undermine federal law,” Paxton said in a press release.
“Blatantly illegal security threats cannot be allowed to stand, and the rule of law must be upheld. I commend the Court for prioritizing the law and safety of our citizens, and I will continue to defend Texas against the unlawful and unconstitutional actions of President Biden and his Administration.”