Houston, February 24
A federal judge indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.
US District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state.
Biden proposed the 100-day pause on deportations during his campaign as part of a larger review of immigration enforcement and an attempt to reverse the priorities of former President Donald Trump.
He has proposed a sweeping immigration bill that will allow the legalisation of an estimated 11 million people living in the US illegally.
He has also instituted other guidelines on whom immigration and border agents should target for enforcement. Tipton, a Trump appointee, initially ruled on January 26 that the moratorium violated federal law on administrative procedure and that the US failed to show why a deportation pause was justified. A temporary restraining order the judge issued was set to expire on Tuesday. — AP