A federal judge in Texas, Andrew S. Hanen of Federal District Court in Brownsville, has issued a temporary injunction on implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration – the expanded deferred action for young immigrants was slated to start tomorrow, February 18, 2015. The Federal Judge Stalls Obama Immigration Executive Action as a result of 26 states (including Texas) claiming they will “suffer irreparable harm in this case.”
Judge Hanen, an outspoken critic of the administration on immigration policy, found that the states had satisfied the minimum legal requirements to bring their lawsuit. As Federal Judge Stalls Obama Immigration Executive Action, he said the Obama administration had failed to comply with basic administrative procedures for putting such a sweeping program into effect. The White House said the U.S. Department of Justice will file an appeal, which will be heard by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
“The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws — which is exactly what the President did when he announced commonsense policies to help fix our broken immigration system,” said a statement from White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
Federal Judge Stalls Obama Immigration Executive Action will be a temporary roadblock as the U.S. Supreme Court will rule that President Obama is within his executive authority to issue his executive action of deportation protection for nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.