A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked U.S. President Joe Biden’s attempt to impose a 100-day moratorium on deportation.
After the state of Texas sued over this new ruling, the judge blocked Biden’s order with a temporary restraining order for 14 days. The Texas lawsuit alleges that the administration would violate an agreement made with the Department of Homeland Security and require at least 180 days’ notice and consultation before making changes to immigration policy. It is unclear whether these conditions are enforceable, but similar agreements were made with several other states under the previous administration.
A U.S. District Judge imposed a nationwide injunction because a geographically limited order could not adequately protect Texas’ interests because of the “free movement” of illegal aliens from other states.
Biden has promised a moratorium on deportation as his administration changes its approach to immigration in the United States following the change in power. Non-citizens who were involved or suspected of involvement in terrorism and espionage could still be deported.