It hadn’t even been three days since Biden became president before his administration caught the Lone Star state scrutiny.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration after the new president signed an executive order that placed a 100-day moratorium on illegal aliens’ deportation.
“Border states like Texas pay a particularly high price when the federal government fails to execute our country’s immigration laws faithfully,” Paxton wrote in a letter.
“I won’t tolerate unlawful acts from Joe Biden’s administration.
Today, I am taking action,” he added. In response, the Department of Homeland Security announced Biden’s action and the “logic” behind it.
“The pause will allow DHS to ensure that its resources are dedicated to responding to the most pressing challenges that the United States faces, including immediate operational challenges at the southwest border in the midst of the most serious global public health crisis in a century” the statement from the DHS read. “Throughout this interim period, DHS will continue to enforce our immigration laws.”
According to The Epoch Times reported, the policy will “pause removals” for certain noncitizens who were legally ordered out of the country.
The Epoch Times added that Acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske ordered agencies under the DHS to “review immigration enforcement policies and set interim policies for civil enforcement.”
In response, Paxton wrote in his letter — which was sent to Pekoske — that the Biden administration is obligated to consult with the state before reducing immigration enforcement measures.
“DHS’s failure to provide Texas with pre-implementation notice of the memorandum—combined with its quick implementation of the memorandum—makes waiting impracticable. We require an immediate response, or we will seek relief to enjoin your order, as contemplated by the Agreement,” Paxton added.