Biden Hit with First Major Lawsuit Amid Flurry of Executive Orders
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton brings in legal action
Joe Biden and his administration are facing a major lawsuit following a series of crippling executive orders issued just hours into his term.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton brought the new legal action seeking to prevent an “unconstitutional, illegal, and bad” freeze on deportations of illegal immigrants from the state.
Paxton stated that the lawsuit is brought after Biden refused to undo an order issued by his Department of Homeland Security.
Paxton wrote in a Twitter post:
“I told [the Department of Homeland Security] and [Biden] last night to rescind its deportation freeze, which is unconstitutional, illegal, and bad for Texas and the nation."
I told @DHSgov and @JoeBiden last night to rescind its deportation freeze, which is unconstitutional, illegal, and bad for Texas and the nation.— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) January 22, 2021
They didn’t budge.
So #Texas is bringing them to court. Here’s our lawsuit: https://t.co/oR2cfG85Bz
“They didn’t budge,” Paxton asserted.
Biden's executive order’s halt on deportations would lead to major financial harm against the state, according to Paxton.
The AG also added the order would have an increased burden for its legal residents.
“A higher number of illegal aliens in Texas leads to budgetary harms, including higher education and healthcare costs,” Paxton wrote in the lawsuit.
“This unlawful reversal will cause Texas immediate and irreparable harm if it is not enjoined.”
The legal action names DHS officials in their official capacity and includes a number of immigration and customs agencies.
Biden issued a "pause" for 100 days on all deportations of illegal immigrants within 24 hours of him being 'sworn in.'
A review of immigration enforcement policies was signed by Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary David Pekoske in a memorandum.
Biden's reversal of Donald Trump’s policies caused a massive backlash.
Paxton is now setting up for a fight against Biden's reversals.
“Our state defends the largest section of the southern border in the nation,” Paxton said in a statement.
“Failure to properly enforce the law will directly and immediately endanger our citizens and law enforcement personnel.”
“I am confident that these unlawful and perilous actions cannot stand,” he later continued.
“The rule of law and security of our citizens must prevail.”
Biden also signed several anti-Trump executive orders, including orders to roll back protections for the unborn and dismantle border security.