Texas AG Threatens DHS With Legal Action Over 100-Day Deportation Freeze

Texas State Capitol Building

Ken Paxton (Texas’ Attorney General) released a statement saying he is asking the Department of Homeland Security “to immediately rescind its illegal, unconscionable deportation freeze.” If DHS fails to do so, Paxton said “TX will sue.”

This announcement follows an announcement from DHS that the department will follow Biden’s direction to halt deportations for 100 days, saying ““The pause will allow DHS to ensure that its resources are dedicated to responding to the most pressing challenges that the United States faces, including immediate operational challenges at the southwest border in the midst of the most serious global public health crisis in a century.”

In a memo released by the DHS, the department is requiring a “review of policies and practices concerning immigration enforcement. It also sets interim policies during the course of that review, including a 100-day pause on certain removals…”

In response to these changes, Paxton’s statement said, “DHS’s failure to provide Texas with pre-implementation notice of the memorandum—combined with its quick implementation of the memorandum—makes waiting impracticable. We require an immediate response or we will seek relief to enjoin your order, as contemplated by the Agreement.”

The threat of legal action by the State of Texas has the support of the state’s governor, Greg Abbot, who said “Texas is fighting this attempt to grant blankey amnesty.”