U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton has indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s 100-day deportation moratorium.
The federal judge initially suspended the moratorium for 14 days on January 26 after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s (R) filed a lawsuit against the administration’s order. It was later extended for an additional two weeks.
Paxton argued that the order would breach an agreement between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Texas, requiring 180 days notice on such enforcement actions.
The previous order states, the Biden administration “argued that the 100-day pause on removals is necessary to allow” them to review “important immigration, foreign policy, and humanitarian considerations.”
Tipton at the time argued the policy would lead to to “irreparable harm that would accrue to Texas if an extension” wasn’t issued.
Biden imposed the moratorium in a January 20 executive order, one of the first of his administration.
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Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
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