A federal appeals court dealt a blow to the Obama administration’s signature immigration initiative with a ruling of 2-to-1 to uphold the injunction from the lower court that blocks the administration from launching its deferred-action program. Obama’s plan to shield deportation for up to 5 million illegal immigrants is on hold once again nearly a year after he announced his plans for changing the deportation criteria for illegal immigration.
The panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans heard the appeal and voted it down, in an unexpected move, reports MSN News on November 10. With this latest ruling to uphold the blocking of this plan, it is highly doubtful that this immigration plan will fall into place before Obama’s term in office is up in 2017.
A coalition of 26 states brought the lawsuit to court, which was led by Texas. Along with upholding the lower court’s ruling this appeal denial came with a message. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement Monday:
“The president must follow the rule of law, just like everybody else. Throughout this process, the Obama Administration has aggressively disregarded the constitutional limits on executive power.”
Fox News reports, “The administration could ask for a re-hearing by the full 5th Circuit, but the National Immigration Law Center, an advocacy group, urged an immediate Supreme Court appeal.” Others agree with what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a recent statement: “President Obama should abandon his lawless executive amnesty program and start enforcing the law today.”
The White House strongly disagrees with the courts ruling and they are now in the process of exploring their legal options. An official who was not authorized to speak on record said:
“This lawsuit is preventing people who have been part of our communities for years from working on the books, contributing to our economy by paying taxes on that work, and being held accountable.”
MSN reports that: “Obama announced plans to use executive action to dramatically expand a 2012 program that deferred the deportations of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children. Under the new program, the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens would be eligible to remain and apply for three-year work permits, provided they had not committed other crimes and lived in the country at least five years.”
A lawsuit was filed by 26 states, most of which had Republican governors, to block Obama’s program. They cite that the “Obama administration had failed to abide by federal rule-making requirements.” The blocking of this program came just days before Homeland Security was set to start taking applications back in February. Back then s U.S. District Court judge in Brownsville, Tex., ruled he needed to review this program to see if it could be deemed constitutional, putting the program on hold. The administration has run into one roadblock after another with this plan and this week’s court ruling offered one more.