Texas Governor Greg Abbott told the Examiner last night, Tuesday, November 10, 2015, during a reception in Wichita Falls, Texas, that he was pleased with the federal court decision blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration plan which was announced yesterday. Abbott actually filed the lawsuit himself when he was still Texas Attorney General. He said he has closely monitored the case since he became the first native of Wichita Falls to be elected governor. Abbott also appeared on Fox News yesterday to laud the court’s decision. The governor has predicted in the past his position in the case would be upheld as it winds its way upward through the federal system toward the U.S. Supreme Court.
Abbott made his comments concerning the lawsuit at a reception held in the home of Texas State Senator Craig Estes and his wife Jennifer in Wichita Falls last night. An overflow crowd listened intently to the governor’s comments about education, sancutary cities and the health of the Lone Star State’s economy. But he also mentioned the lawsuit which will have a major impact on the Administration’s immigration plans.
Abbott initiated the lawsuit in response to President Obama’s executive action preventing the deportation of an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally. The 2-1 decision by the 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans upholds a federal judge’s injunction against the measure. Appeals revolving around the injunction could take months or perhaps even longer. There is always the possibility the case could even be returned to the Texas federal court before it reaches the Highest Court in the land in Washington, according to Fox News yesterday.
In addition to his comments to the Examiner at last night’s reception, Abbott in a press release further said, “President Obama should abandon his lawless executive amnesty program and start enforcing the law today. The Texas governor had condemned the Administration’s plan as an illegal executive overreach when the President announced it last November. As Attorney General of Texas, Abbott led the charge and was joined by twenty-six states challenging the executive action as unconstitutional.
The first decision in the case was a victory for Abbott when U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen granted a temporary injunction preventing implementation of the executive order in February of 2015. Judge Hanen ruled that legalizing the presence of so many people would be a “virtually irreversible” action that would cause the state “irreparable harm.”
After meeting with several Wichitans at Senator Estes home, Abbott headed for the Multi-Purpose Events Center to serve as keynote speaker at the Americanism Dinner sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America’s Northwest Texas Council. However, before that event, he met with landowners in danger of losing land the BLM claims it has owned since the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, according to an article on the front page of the Wichita Falls Times Record News. today, November 11, 2015. Abbott also fought this federal agency while he was still serving as Texas Attorney General.