Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has threatened to sue the Biden administration if it doesn’t rescind it’s “illegal deportation freeze.”
In compliance with an executive order signed by President Biden on his first day in office, the Department of Homeland Security said the administration will “pause removals” for 100 days of people who have been scheduled for deportation. In addition, Biden announced proposed legislation that would grant an eight-year path to citizenship to the more than 11 million illegal aliens living in the U.S. Some immigration experts believe there are more 20 million illegal aliens.
Among six immigration-related executive orders, Biden also stopped construction of the border wall and reinstated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program enacted by President Obama through an executive order widely regarded as unconstitutional.
“Border states like Texas pay a particularly high price when the federal government fails to faithfully execute our country’s immigration laws,” Paxton wrote in a letter to acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske.
“I won’t tolerate unlawful acts from Joe Biden’s administration. Today, I am taking action,” the AG said.
Paxton has the backing of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who said via Twitter that Biden “is trying to halt deportations of illegal aliens who already have a final order of removal from the U.S.”
“This abandons the obligation to enforce federal immigration laws. Texas is fighting this attempt to grant blanket amnesty,” he said.
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) January 22, 2021
The DHS said in a statement that the “pause will allow DHS to ensure that its resources are dedicated to responding to the most pressing challenges that the United States faces, including immediate operational challenges at the southwest border in the midst of the most serious global public health crisis in a century.”
“Throughout this interim period DHS will continue to enforce our immigration laws,” the agency said.
In a memo, acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske ordered agencies under the DHS to “review immigration enforcement policies and set interim policies for civil enforcement.”
Paxton, however, argued in his letter to Pekoske that the administration is required to consult with the state before reducing immigration enforcement measures.
“DHS’s failure to provide Texas with pre-implementation notice of the memorandum — combined with its quick implementation of the memorandum — makes waiting impracticable. We require an immediate response or we will seek relief to enjoin your order, as contemplated by the Agreement,” the attorney general wrote.
Pekoske said in his memo that certain individuals can be deported, including people who entered the U.S. illegally after Nov. 1, and anyone who poses a threat to national security or was convicted of an aggravated felony and released from prison.
The acting AG contended that because of “limited resources,” DHS “cannot respond to all immigration violations or remove all persons unlawfully in the United States.”
‘Is Biden aware?’
As Biden signed executive orders on immigration, in the background was a bust of the late labor leader Cesar Chavez, a strong opponent of illegal immigration because it takes jobs from Americans and depresses wages, the Washington Examiner noted.
Conservative radio host Larry Elder asked on Twitter: “Is Biden aware that Chavez, born in USA, HATED #illegalimmigration because it depressed wages — and that Chavez worked with the feds to stop it?”
Note the bust of Cesar Chavez behind Biden as he signed executive orders. Is Biden aware that Chavez, born in USA, HATED #illegalimmigration because it depressed wages–and that Chavez worked with the feds to stop it?
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) January 21, 2021
Several unions that endorsed Biden during the 2020 presidential election are protesting the new president’s early actions, reported BizPacReview.
Along with immigration measures, Biden revoked the construction permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, angering Canadian leaders and killing thousands of jobs.
Mark McManus, the president of the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters, said in a statement Thursday that in revoking the permit, the Biden administration “has chosen to listen to the voices of fringe activists instead of union members and the American consumer on Day 1.”
“Sadly, the Biden administration has now put thousands of union workers out of work. For the average American family, it means energy costs will go up and communities will no longer see the local investments that come with pipeline construction,” he said.
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