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The Biden government has halted efforts to impose a 100-day moratorium on immigration and customs (ICE) deportation after a legal effort from Texas blocked the promise of the Biden campaign to effect.
The then-candidate Joe Biden had promised to stop the deportations during the 2020 campaign with very few exceptions. On the day of inauguration, the then incumbent Minister of Homeland Security, David Pekoske, signed a memo containing such a pause, which was due to come into effect on January 22nd.
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Texas sued immediately and eventually won the lawsuit when a federal judge blocked the policy indefinitely.
“The 100-day period in which the DHS would have interrupted the execution of certain final relocation orders has now otherwise expired and would no longer come into effect according to the provisions of the memorandum,” said a statement from the DHS. “The DHS does not intend to renew or reintroduce any policy that would require a pause in the execution of the final deportation orders for non-citizens.”
The May 5 release, which does not appear on the DHS press release page, was first reported by BuzzFeed News.
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However, the ICE policy litigation is unlikely to stop. The government issued ICE guidelines that dramatically limit enforcement priorities to the most recent cross-border commuters, “serious offenders” and national security threats – guidelines that coincided with a dramatic decrease in ICE arrests and deportations.
Republican states like Arizona and Montana have sued over the new guidelines, arguing that this is an attempt to achieve the same results as the 100-day deportation moratorium and that it would lead to an increase in criminals, drugs and COVID-19 States and violates federal law. They also claim it would increase the cost of health care and other public assistance in the states.
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As part of the lawsuit, an email was released stating that ICE officials predicted the number of book-ins will decrease by 50%.
In its statement, DHS said the guidelines “have allowed ICE to focus on promoting the safety of our communities”.