Trump-appointed judge clashes with Biden DOJ in immigration suit

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U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton in Texas chafed at the Justice Department’s demand for quick ruling in fight over Biden immigration priorities.

Migrants return to Mexico, using the Puerta Mexico bridge that crosses the Rio Grande river in Matamoros, Mexico, on the border with Brownsville, Texas, on July 31, 2019. | Emilio Espejel/AP Photo

By JOSH GERSTEIN

08/23/2021 01:36 PM EDT

Updated: 08/23/2021 03:55 PM EDT

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A federal judge presiding over a major legal challenge to President Joe Biden’s immigration policies lashed out Monday at Justice Department attorneys, accusing them of trying to rush him into making a key decision in the case.

U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton castigated federal government lawyers for declaring that they planned to seek emergency relief from an appeals court by 2 p.m. Central Time if he did not rule by then on a request to stay an injunction he issued last week prohibiting the administration from continuing to use immigration enforcement priorities rolled out shortly after Biden’s inauguration in January.

“Whose idea was it to impose a 2 p.m. deadline on the court?” Tipton asked, repeatedly demanding to know who at the Justice Department decided to tell him that they’d go to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals at that hour if he hadn’t ruled on the stay request.

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