UPDATED 7:05 PM PT – Wednesday, February 24, 2021
In another blow to his sweeping immigration reform, a federal judge blocked Joe Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportations. Texas Judge Drew Tipton indefinitely banned the policy after Attorney General Ken Paxton argued the move was in violation of federal law.
Paxton said Texas signed an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security, which acknowledged the state would be given 180 days notice before implementing immigration changes. The agreement was signed under President Trump and Paxton said it’s imperative to protecting residents as the Lone Star State shares its southern border with Mexico.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration was accused of hypocrisy for allowing border facilities to house migrant children. The Department of Health and Human Services recently reopened a facility in Texas to house up to 700 unaccompanied minors.
Both Biden and Kamala Harris continuously blasted immigration laws under President Trump, claiming migrant kids were being “ripped” from their parents’ arms and housed in cages.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed the decision to house the minors was only temporary. However, it was reported hundreds of children were in holding for more than 72-hours in the last week, which was more than what is allowed for a temporary facility.
On Tuesday, Psaki was pressed about the issue. She insisted delays occurred due to the coronavirus pandemic and dangerous weather in the state.
“So some, unfortunately, did say four days, five days or longer,” Psaki said. “But the objective is to move them as quickly as possible to the HHS-sponsored facilities.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defends the administration’s creation and use of “migrant facilities for children” at the southern border:
“This is not kids being kept in cages.”
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) February 23, 2021
In the meantime, Judge Tipton’s ruling will apply to the entire country, not just Texas. It will remain in place as the case against Biden’s order continues or until a higher court changes the ruling.