Among President Joe Biden’s Day-one priorities was an executive order putting a 100-day moratorium on nearly all U.S. deportations. On Tuesday, a federal judge put the kibosh on that plan. U.S. District Court Judge Drew Tipton placed an indefinite injunction against the order in a favorable ruling for Texas, which argues that the moratorium violates U.S. law and could put the state at risk of exorbitant costs.
“The core failure of DHS lies not in the brevity of the January 20 Memorandum or the corresponding administrative record, but instead in its omission of a rational explanation grounded in the facts reviewed and the factors considered,” Tipton wrote. “This failure is fatal, as this defect essentially makes DHS’s determination to institute a 100-day pause on deportations an arbitrary and capricious choice.”
Liberals were, naturally, not happy with the ruling.
“Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton continues to seek to force the Biden administration to follow the xenophobic policies of former President Trump,” whined Texas ACLU lawyer Kate Huddleston. “Allowing these deportations to continue means that families will be torn apart and that people who have the opportunity to seek relief in the United States will be returned to danger.”
It actually doesn’t mean any of that, but we can’t feign surprise when a leftist immigration activist fuddles with the facts.
Of course, one unfavorable ruling isn’t going to stop the Biden administration from moving full-steam ahead on their open-borders agenda. Just this week, a report from the Washington Times revealed that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is considering a plan to reorganize ICE in such a way that it is no longer authorized to arrest and deport illegal aliens. You know…it’s whole reason for existing?
“Mr. Mayorkas revealed his idea last week in a telephone meeting with agency personnel in Texas, according to several sources familiar with the conversation, who said he proposed taking members of the country’s 4,000-strong deportation force off the streets and converting them into criminal investigators,” reported the Washington Times. “They would no longer be focused on enforcing laws against illegal presence, which would have the effect of slashing arrests and deportations.”
Well yes, yes it would.
At his confirmation hearing this week, Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland couldn’t – or wouldn’t – say whether illegal immigration should continue to be prosecuted as a crime.
“Well, I haven’t thought about that question. I just haven’t thought about that question,” Garland said. “I think the president has made clear that we are a country with borders and with a concern about national security. I don’t know of a proposal to decriminalize but still make it unlawful to enter. I just don’t know the answer to that question. I hadn’t thought about it.”
It’s going to take a whole lot of good judges to prevent Biden from utterly destroying our borders. We’re not confident that there’s enough of them around.