Federal judge temporarily blocks Biden’s 100-day deportation moratorium

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A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily halted the Biden administration’s 100-day moratorium on certain deportations of immigrants already in the U.S. in an early legal battle over President Joe Biden’s immigration policy.

U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton of the Southern District of Texas agreed to pause the policy for at least 14 days while he considered a lawsuit filed by Texas’ Republican attorney general, Ken Paxton, who argued in a complaint on Friday that the deportation freeze violated immigration law and a legal agreement the state brokered with the Trump administration before Mr. Biden took office.

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Federal judge blocks Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportations

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A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Biden’s attempt to put a moratorium on deportations for 100 days.

After Texas sued over the policy, the judge blocked Biden, via a temporary restraining order, from moving forward for 14 days.

Texas’ lawsuit claims that the administration would be violating an agreement it has with the Department of Homeland Security – and would require at least 180 days’ notice, as well as consultation, prior to implementing changes in immigration policy. It is unclear whether those terms are enforceable, but similar agreements were struck with several other states under the former administration.

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Immigration: Judge temporarily blocks Biden’s plan to halt deportations

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The early defeat, even if temporary, demonstrates the limits of President Joe Biden’s executive actions, which are expected to be challenged in court.

Tuesday’s order stems from a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton challenging the 100-day pause on deportations, which took effect Friday. The complaint cited in part an agreement signed between the Department of Homeland Security and Texas in the waning days of the Trump presidency that required the department to consult the state before changing or modifying policies.

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First Judicial Circuit judge in Escambia County resigns

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An already shorthanded and backlogged First Judicial Circuit was dealt a blow Wednesday when Circuit Judge Jeffrey Burns unexpectedly tendered his resignation.

In a letter of resignation that offered no rationale for the decision, Burns, who was elected in 2018 and took office in January of 2019, stated that his last day on the bench would be Jan. 29. 

Burns worked out of Escambia County for the First Judicial Circuit, which also includes Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties. He was presiding over juvenile dependency and delinquency cases at the time of his resignation, according to Court Administrator Robin Wright.

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Robert Kraft Sex Spa Videos To Be Destroyed, Judge Orders

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