The Biden administration faced a major setback on immigration Thursday as Texas won a lawsuit against President Joe Biden’s executive order to halt most deportations during the first 100 days of his term.
Because the 100-day period in question has expired, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Southern Division dismissed the case, according to a Just the News report.
The change comes in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) statement that it “does not intend to extend or reinstate a policy requiring a pause on the execution of final orders of removal for any noncitizens.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said, “This is a big win for Texas and the nation. It sends a clear message to the Biden Administration that they will not be able to violate federal immigration law and endanger the lives of Texans.”
Paxton added, “This Administration’s failed policies have only exacerbated the crisis at our southern border, and further exhausted the regular duties of our law enforcement officers.”
The Texas lawsuit argued that the order “directed DHS to violate federal immigration law and breach an agreement to consult and cooperate with Texas on that law.”
“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,” Paxton said at the time.
“DHS itself has previously acknowledged that such a freeze on deportations will cause concrete injuries to Texas. I am confident that these unlawful and perilous actions cannot stand. The rule of law and security of our citizens must prevail.”