(NewsReady.com) – In February, President Joe Biden’s administration announced new guidance for ICE. The admin said agents were only allowed to arrest people who crossed the border after November 1, 2020, committed “aggravated felonies,” or are a national security threat without pre-approval. A federal judge has now thrown a wrench in Biden’s plans.
On August 19, US District Court Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction against the narrow interpretation of who ICE can arrest. The ruling came after Texas and Louisiana sued to stop the policy from taking effect. Tipton said the states were likely to win their lawsuit by claiming the policy violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).
The former President Donald Trump-appointed judge stated the policy didn’t “comply with the APA’s notice and comment requirement.” That clause requires the executive branch to publish legislative rule changes in the Federal Register and the public comments before it goes into effect.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) celebrated the ruling.
BREAKING: Another Texas victory against Biden. So far we are 4-0 against Biden & the Dems effort to break immigration laws. We must secure our border NOW! Federal judge blocks Biden admin's ICE rules that narrowed illegal immigrant arrest prioritieshttps://t.co/GW5B8XLu1b
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) August 19, 2021
The decision handed down by Tipton was the latest blow against Biden’s immigration policies. Courts have also struck down his attempts to halt deportations and forced the administration to revive Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. Republican-led states like Texas are making it clear they won’t allow Biden to implement his lax immigration policies if they can help it. So far, the courts have largely agreed.
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