A federal judge in Texas has extended the suspension of President Joe Biden’s 100-day deportation moratorium until February 23rd.
U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued an order extending the temporary restraint requested by Texas for an additional 14 days. This is now the second time this has happened.
In late January, the same judge barred the U.S. government from enforcing a 100-day deportation moratorium. At the time, Tipton said the Biden administration had “provided no concrete and reasonable justification for a 100-day pause in deportations.”
This extension, Tripton said, will give the parties time to “provide a more complete record” to help the court “adjudicate Texas’ Motion for a preliminary injunction.” He also cites “the irreparable harm Texas would suffer if an extension were not granted.”
“The Court may ultimately be persuaded by defendants’ arguments, but any harm they may incur between now and then does not outweigh the potential for irreparable harm to Texas,” Tipton wrote.
Last month, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the Biden administration over its decision to put a 100-day pause on deportations.
Paxton’s lawsuit claims that the Biden administration would be violating an agreement it has with the Department of Homeland Security and would require at least 180 days’ notice, as well as consultation, before implementing changes in immigration policy.