Federal judge blocks Biden administrator’s ICE rules that lowered arrest priorities for illegal immigrants

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BREAKDOWN: A federal judge on Thursday imposed a preliminary injunction on the Biden administration’s rules for immigration and customs officers (ICE), dramatically reducing the categories of illegal immigrants targeted for arrest and deportation – a move that marks the latest legal blow to the Biden administration’s immigration policies.

Judge Drew Tipton ruled that the policy violated Congressional mandates, and that Louisiana and Texas, which filed the lawsuit, were likely to be successful in their claim that the policy violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA ).

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The Biden administration issued the guidelines in February, restricting officers to focus on three categories of immigrants: those who pose a threat to national security; those who have crossed the border since November 1 and those who have committed “aggravated crimes”.

Officials said the guidelines do not explicitly prevent anyone from being arrested or deported. Instead, it directs resources to certain targets. However, field agents seeking to arrest someone outside of these three categories needed approval from their chain of command.

Critics noted that the directives coincided with a sharp drop in arrests and deportations by the agency, and accused the Biden administration of attempting to handcuff the agency.

The move is the latest blow to the Biden administration’s immigration policies. Earlier this year, Judge Tipton prevented the Biden administration from imposing a 100-day eviction freeze on ICE.

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Last week, a federal judge ordered the administration to “enforce and implement” the Asset-time Stay in Mexico Policy in response to a trial from Texas and Missouri – while giving them seven days to appeal.

This is breaking news; come back for updates.

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