Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton took legal action against the administration of President Joe Biden on Friday after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a 100- day-long time out in deporting undocumented immigrants.

” In one of its first of dozens of actions that hurt Texas and the nation as an entire, the Biden administration directed DHS to violate federal migration law and breach an agreement to seek advice from and work together with Texas on that law,” Paxton said in a Friday declaration.

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President Joe Biden started his first term in office on Wednesday by signing a number of executive orders, including an order calling for an evaluation of U.S. migration policy.
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In his motion calling for a momentary limiting order (TRO), Paxton alleged that the deportation freeze broke an agreement in between Texas and the DHS relating to the enforcement of migration laws. According to the contract, the DHS was required to “alert and speak with Texas” prior to either “stopping briefly or reducing the number of returns or removals of removable or inadmissible aliens from the country.”

Immigrants thought of terrorism, espionage or positioning a hazard to national security will still be qualified for deportation, as will any immigrant that waived their rights to remain on U.S. soil.

The short-term deportation pause was anticipated to begin Friday, according to a press release provided by the DHS on Wednesday. “The time out will allow DHS to make sure that its resources are dedicated to reacting to the most important difficulties that the United States faces, including instant operational challenges at the southwest border in the middle of the most serious global public health crisis in a century,” the release read.

Migration policy evaluation with the DHS was called for in a comprehensive executive order signed by Biden on Wednesday. Biden wrote that his administration’s policy would be to “safeguard national and border security, attend to the humanitarian difficulties at the southern border, and ensure public health and safety.”

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