Ken Paxton files lawsuit challenging Biden administration’s pause on deportations

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents escorted a group of migrants near the Paso del Norte International Bridge in El Paso in 2019. Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune

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Three days into the Biden administration, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed his first lawsuit against the federal government. The lawsuit seeks an halt to one of the president's executive actions on immigration, a 100-day pause on some deportations.

The moratorium, issued the same day as the presidential inauguration, was one of a flurry of early executive actions from the new administration. It is part of a review and reset of enforcement policies within Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agencies as the Biden administration "develops its final priorities," according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security.