A federal judge has expanded the block on the Biden government's effort to pause deportations.
After U.S. District Court Judge Drew Tipton originally set a grip on the deportation pause a month, it marked the first significant legal blow for President Joe Biden, who's proposed sweeping changes to the immigration system. Biden has set forward a sprawling legislative proposal that comes with a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants who'd be subject to deportation.
Lawyers for the government argued that the pause was required to reassess U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement policies. However, ICE recently declared it had been adjusting those coverages -- despite the injunction from the pause -- using fresh priorities for both arrests and deportations.
Tuesday's judgment, too by Judge Tipton, doesn't pub ICE from carrying out fewer arrests or deportations each of the guidelines. However, the injunction does not allow for an entire pause, either.
ICE agents in the area are needed to get approval from a supervisor prior to making any other arrests.
The Texas Attorney General's office, which filed the lawsuit against the Biden government, said the country would incur greater costs with to detain immigrants that would have been deported.
Additionally, it contended that the expense of providing temporary schooling to unaccompanied immigrant minors was too significant.
The court decided that the pause would postpone removals of roughly 1,400 unaccompanied minors along with 22,000 unauthorized immigrants with criminal records.
The court's injunction will remain in position until another court order is created. It was uncertain whether the Biden government will appeal the judgment.