Washington, D.C. – Following a lawsuit brought forth by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week, a judge in Texas ruled today to temporarily block the Biden administration’s new policy that would have halted some deportations for 100 days. The ruling blocks the Department of Homeland Security from immediately stopping deportations.
Greisa Martinez Rosas, Executive Director of United We Dream, said:
“As the country continues to grapple with the trauma left by the Trump administration and the over 423,000 deaths from COVID-19, Republicans have been hyper-focused on inflicting more pain by blocking much-needed COVID-19 relief, refusing to hold Trump accountable for inciting the insurrection, and now, continuing to try to deport immigrants.
This lawsuit against President Biden’s deportation pause is a callous and deliberate attack on immigrants from the same Attorney General who is currently suing to try to end DACA. Ken Paxton has time and again led the Republican crusade that’s been hellbent on stripping hundreds of thousands of immigrants of protections from deportation. The move to block President Biden’s deportation pause –a victory immigrant youth pushed him on– is consistent with Republicans’ anti-immigrant track record to deport as many people as possible.
Together with the Biden administration, we will unapologetically fight back against this anti-immigrant lawsuit, while also pushing President Biden and Congress to deliver on a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million immigrants that will finally put an end to family separation, detention, and deportation.”