President Obama received bad news Monday regarding his executive amnesty plan to shield an estimated 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation. In a 2-1 ruling, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a Texas federal judge’s injunction stopping the White House’s immigration intent.
“President Obama should abandon his lawless executive amnesty program and start enforcing the law today,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who led a 26 state coalition fight against the action, stated in a news release.
“President Obama has no authority to grant legal status to individuals unlawfully present in the United States,” Gov. Abbott emphasized earlier. “This ‘executive amnesty’ circumvents Congress, bypasses the will of the American people and erodes the very foundation of our nation’s Constitution.
The administration claimed that the White House was within its rights to defer deportation of immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally, but the Court ruled that the president has “no statutory authority” to take his unilateral action.
“Today, the Fifth Circuit asserted that the separation of powers remains the law of the land, and the president must follow the rule of law, just like everybody else,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Throughout this process, the Obama Administration has aggressively disregarded the constitutional limits on executive power, and Texas, leading a charge of 26 states, has secured an important victory to put a halt to the president’s lawlessness.
“I commend Gov. Abbott for his leadership on this issue, as well as the talent and hard work of Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller, who along with his team has so eloquently and expertly argued our case.”
Keller argued on behalf of the 26 states in front of the Fifth Circuit on July 10. The 5th Circuit upheld the preliminary injunction granted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on February 16. Texas has argued that any sweeping change in immigration policy should be up to lawmakers, not the unilateral action of the executive branch.
Texas leads a 26-state bipartisan coalition fighting the president’s efforts to one-sidedly grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Joining Texas in the lawsuit are: 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, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.