Biden has pledged to enact a 100-day moratorium on evictions, a proposal that contrasts with Trump’s policies.
U.S. Federal Judge Temporarily Blocked Joe Biden’s Efforts To End Deportation Of Some immigrants for a period of 100 days, a move that was immediately criticized by rights groups.
U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, appointed by former President Donald Trump in the Southern District of Texas, issued a temporary restraining order that blocks policy nationwide for 14 days after a legal challenge filed by Texas.
Tipton said the Biden administration had failed “to provide a concrete and reasonable justification for a 100-day break on evictions.”
The Biden administration is expected to appeal the decision, which puts the policy on hold while both sides submit briefs on the matter.
Biden promised campaigning to enact a 100-day moratorium on deportations if elected, a proposal that contrasted starkly with Trump’s crackdown on immigration.
Tipton’s order is a blow to the Biden administration, which has proposed sweeping changes sought by immigration advocates, including a plan to legalize an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States without papers.
After Biden took office on Wednesday, the senior US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official issued a note ordering a halt on some deportations to allow the department to better deal with “operational challenges” at the border Mexican-American during the covid19 pandemic.
The moratorium came into effect on Friday and applied to almost everyone who entered the United States without permission before November.
in the legal complaint Filed the same day, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the state would suffer irreparable harm if the eviction freeze was allowed to go into effect.
Paxton said it would increase education and health care costs as more immigrants remain in Texas illegally. He also added that it went against the terms of an enforcement agreement that Texas negotiated with the Trump administration less than two weeks before Biden took office.
“VICTORY”, Paxton tweeted Tuesday, welcoming the court ruling.
“ Politicized Lives ”
In his ruling, Tipton wrote that his order was not based on that deal but on federal law aimed at preserving the “status quo” before the DHS moratorium.
In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, the United States Civil Liberties Union criticized the court’s decision.
“Voters have rejected Trump’s disastrous immigration policies, but Texas is now seeking to prevent Biden from turning the page. This initial, provisional and hasty decision is wrong, ”the group said.
BREAKING: A judge, at the behest of Texas, has just temporarily blocked the new 100-day deportation moratorium.
Voters have rejected Trump’s disastrous immigration policies, but Texas is now seeking to prevent Biden from turning the page.
This initial, provisional and hasty decision is wrong.
– the ACLU (@ACLU) January 26, 2021
Denise Bell, refugee and migrant rights researcher at Amnesty International USA, also criticized the court’s ruling, saying “people’s safety and lives are politicized at a time when the country should come together to improve our future. common”.
“This pause on deportations is a necessary and critical step as the new administration seeks to undo the devastating legacy of xenophobic, racist and anti-immigrant policies introduced by the previous administration, and takes action to tackle a deadly pandemic whose impact has been exacerbated. by deportations, ”Bell said in a declaration.