HOUSTON (AP) — A federal decide late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s administration from imposing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.

U.S. District Choose Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal legislation and risked imposing extra prices on the state.

Biden proposed the 100-day pause on deportations throughout his marketing campaign as half of a bigger evaluation of immigration enforcement and an try to reverse the priorities of former President Donald Trump. Biden has proposed a sweeping immigration invoice that might enable the legalization of an estimated 11 million folks residing within the U.S. illegally. He has additionally instituted different tips on whom immigration and border brokers ought to goal for enforcement.

Tipton, a Trump appointee, initially dominated on Jan. 26 that the moratorium violated federal legislation on administrative process and that the U.S. failed to indicate why a deportation pause was justified. A brief restraining order the decide issued was set to run out Tuesday.

Tipton’s ruling didn’t require deportations to renew at their earlier tempo. Even and not using a moratorium, immigration companies have broad latitude in imposing removals and processing instances.

However within the days that adopted his ruling, authorities deported 15 folks to Jamaica and a whole lot of others to Central America. The Biden administration has additionally continued expelling immigrants underneath a separate course of begun by Trump officers, who invoked public-health legislation because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The authorized combat over the deportation ban is an early signal of Republican opposition to Biden’s immigration priorities, simply as Democrats and pro-immigrant authorized teams fought Trump’s proposals. Virtually 4 years earlier than Tipton’s order, Trump signed a ban on journey from seven international locations with predominantly Muslim populations that prompted chaos at airports. Authorized teams efficiently sued to cease implementation of the ban.

It was not instantly clear if the Biden administration will attraction Tipton’s newest ruling. The Justice Division didn’t search a keep of Tipton’s earlier momentary restraining order.