A knockout punch to Barack Obama’s presidential legacy was suffered by the White House Tuesday. The United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled the November 2014 executive action attempt to permit legal status to millions of illegal aliens was not lawful.
The implications to the next presidential election could be enormous. If the case is appealed and goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, the timing could influence and position 2016 presidential candidates to admit or deny if they support the programs, or extend the programs even more. Most Americans are against Obama’s immigration agenda according to major polls and surveys.
Under Obama’s program, American tax payers, already loaded with enormous federal debt, would be required to pay for illegal aliens’ work permits, tax credits, Social Security, Medicare, driver’s licenses, and unemployment insurance. States’ rights advocates also emphasize each state would also be forced to fund enormous education, health care and law enforcement costs.
“President Obama abdicated his responsibility to preserve and protect the United States Constitution when he issued this executive action, and after months of obfuscation and stall tactics by his Administration, victory for the Constitution has been awarded and the Rule of Law restored,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement after the ruling.
Abbott, who as then Texas Attorney General, filed a lawsuit against Obama’s actions soon after the President announced his intentions to provide legal status and benefits to “undocumented immigrants” at the burden of American taxpayers. The suit was filed on behalf of 26 states.
“We live in a nation governed by a system of checks and balances, and the President’s attempt to bypass the will of the American people was successfully checked again today,” Gov. Abbott stated. “I am pleased with the Court of Appeals for preserving the injunction against President Obama’s unlawful action and for recognizing the fundamental principles upon which our nation was founded.”
“The separation of powers and checks and balances remain the law of the land, and this decision is a victory for those committed to preserving the rule of law in America,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Telling illegal aliens that they are now lawfully present in this country, and awarding them valuable government benefits, is a drastic change in immigration policy.”
“The president’s attempt to do this by himself, without a law passed by Congress and without any input from the states, is a remarkable violation of the U.S Constitution and laws,” Paxton added. “We will continue to fight the brazen lawlessness that has become a trademark of the Obama Administration.”
U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, of Brownsville, Texas, issued an injunction in February 2015 halting Obama’s executive action programs on hold on behalf of the suit filed by a bipartisan coalition of states including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.