A federal judge blocked the Biden administration’s attempt to impose limitations on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests, detentions, and removals. District Judge Michael Newman of the Southern District of Ohio sided with the Republican attorney’s general who issued a preliminary injunction against the Biden administration.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“The States sue because they believe DHS skirted Congress’s immigration enforcement mandates when it issued a policy that prioritizes certain high-risk noncitizens for apprehension and removal,” Newman wrote in his ruling. “DHS contends that seemingly mandatory statutes must be read flexibly to permit efficient law enforcement.”
“At bottom, that is what this dispute is about: can the Executive displace clear congressional command in the name of resource allocation and enforcement goals? Here, the answer is no,” Newman wrote.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sued the Biden administration in November 2021 over the policy revision, which they said “dramatically ties the hands of immigration officers, halting nearly all deportations.”
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