by Penka Arsova
A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked Joe Biden’s decision to halt deportations of some undocumented immigrants.
How we got here: During his campaign, the president promised a 100-day moratorium on deportations if elected, in stark contrast to how his processor, former president Trump handled immigration policies. When Biden took office, the Department of Homeland Security, said in a memo that they’re pausing many deportations to give the department room to better deal with “operation challenges” at the southern border amid the pandemic.
The moratorium went into effect last week on Friday. Biden also put a stop to the border wall construction.
Texas’ lawsuit: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a legal complaint on Friday, arguing that the move would have devastating effects on the state. The lawsuit said that if more immigrants remained in Texas, the state would face financial harm, including increased healthcare and education costs.