Federal Judge Blocks Restrictive ICE Arrest Rules

The president’s policies violate congressional mandates.

Judge Drew Tipton of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas imposed a preliminary injunction on the rules of the president’s administration for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers that significantly narrowed the categories of illegal immigrants being targeted for arrest and deportation. His ruling is the latest legal reversal of the administration’s immigration policies.

Judge Tipton ruled that the policy was in violation of congressional mandates and that Louisiana and Texas, which filed the lawsuit, were likely to succeed in their claim that the policy violated the Administrative Procedures Act.

The guidelines were issued in February and limited agents to focusing 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 committed aggravated felonies. It followed the guidance issued by the Department of Homeland Security on January 20.

The restrictions have often stymied ICE field officers who, seeking to arrest someone outside of those categories, needed approval from their chain of command.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For officials in the Department of Homeland Security to uphold laws and mandates by the Legislative Branch.
  • For agents and officers of ICE as they work to enforce federal immigration laws.
  • That the president and his advisors would operate within existing laws as they implement immigration reforms.

Sources: Fox News,  CNN


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