A federal judge in Texas has delivered a major blow to Joe Biden’s immigration plan, blocking the new President’s 100-day pause on deportations.
The ruling comes after the state of Texas sued the federal government over the move.
US District Judge Drew Tipton on Tuesday issued a 14-day nationwide restraining order blocking the policy while both parties submit briefs in the case.
“VICTORY,” tweeted Texas Attorney-General Ken Paxton, a close ally of former President Donald Trump.
“Texas is the FIRST state in the nation to bring a lawsuit against the Biden Admin. AND WE WON. Within six days of Biden’s inauguration, Texas has HALTED his illegal deportation freeze. *This* was a seditious left-wing insurrection. And my team and I stopped it.”
Judge Tipton, a Trump appointee, said in the order that Texas has a “substantial likelihood of success” on at least two claims, including that the freeze violated federal immigration law which says authorities “shall remove” illegal immigrants with final deportation orders within 90 days, Reuters reported.
The American Civil Liberties Union had in turn filed a brief asking the court to deny the request.
“The voters rejected the Trump administration’s disastrous immigration policies, but Texas is now seeking to keep the Biden administration from turning the page,” said Cody Wofsy, an attorney with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.
Joe Biden says he is rescinding the previous administration’s “harmful ban on diversity and sensitivity training” and abolishing the “offensive, counterfactual” 1776 Commission set up by Donald Trump.
“Unity and healing must begin with understanding and truth, not ignorance and lies,” Mr Biden said on Tuesday.
Last September, the former President signed an executive order banning federal agencies from using diversity training programs that teach about “white privilege” and critical race theory.
“The President has directed me to ensure that federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions,” Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought wrote in a memo at the time outlining the directive.
“Executive branch agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to date ‘training’ government workers to believe divisive, anti-American propaganda.”
In response to the Biden administration’s move, a network of private lawyers and conservative organisations has formed to fight such training on the grounds that it violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the US Constitution.
“Critical race theory training programs have become commonplace in academia, government, and corporate life, where they have sought to advance the ideology through cult-like indoctrination, intimidation and harassment,” Discovery Institute researcher Chris Rufo, who is leading the coalition, said in a press release.
But one lawyer who has conducted such sessions defended the practice. “If we are going to live up to this nation’s promise — ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’ — we have to see each other as human beings, and we have to do whatever it takes, including taking whatever classes make that possible,” M.E. Hart told The Washington Post.
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