Federal Judge in Texas freezes Obama’s executive order on immigration reforms

Justice Department to appeal order.

By Raif Karerat

White-HouseWASHINGTON, DC: A federal judge in Texas has formally obstructed President Barack Obama’s executive action deferring the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.

In a 123-page tome disclosed late Monday night, “Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the Department of Homeland Security did not allow public comment on its rules implementing Obama’s executive action” and issued a preliminary injunction that prohibits the administration from implementing the deferment program, according to a report by USA Today.

The White House immediately issued a public statement rebuking the decision and affirming the Justice Department would appeal the federal judge’s verdict.

“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,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest released in an after-hours statement.

The ruling is a major victory for Texas Governor and GOP member Gregg Abbott, who filed suit in December on behalf of his state and 26 others opposed to the executive action announced in November.

The temporary injunction specifically pertains to a program called the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA. The program would have allowed undocumented parents of lawfully born U.S. citizens or permanent residents to defer deportation and seek job benefits.

DAPA was supposed to begin clicking into gear on February 18 by expanding protection to individuals who were brought into the United States illegally as children, followed by the parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents in May. Such a timetable is no longer viable.

While immigration reforms slow to a near halt and Abbott’s litigation trudges onward, up to five million undocumented immigrants currently at risk of deportation will be absolved of the protection they were slated to receive.

However, Judge Hanen made it clear that his ruling does not apply to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which has bestowed legal status to almost 700,00 teenagers and young adults born outside of the United States.

3 Comments

  1. FloyydRTurbbo

    The judge’s ruling should be overturned and the law should take effect immediately. Enforcing the law will only help the economy. The new immigrants will be an asset to the Nation. The Obama Care has benefited millions who had pre-existing illnesses and it here to stay. There is no way it can be repealed.There are millions who are signing up on a daily basis. No Nation will prosper unless the citizens are healthy and free of chronic illnesses and disabilities. Politics should not have any place in a court room. This ruling is another example of a Judge trying to find loop holes.

    Democracy has no place for self serving, greedy, and “Selfie Photo on Facebook” types who are only worried about themselves and lack compassion in their lives. The people who had no insurance have sacrificed their health to subsidize the rich till now and this has to change, so they too can live healthy and productive life. The healthy don’t need insurance. The insured who are paying the high cost of the premium have to be cognizant of the fact that their premium is not going for the delivery of health. In fact 90% is going for the CEO’s and case review nurses who are behind the desk making ten times more money than what they were trained for.

  2. laurenchang361

    Good work, judge! Perhaps some of the apologists can explain why anyone is entitled to migrate into our country. While you are formulating that response, add in why the American citizen, our nations taxpayer payers, should be forced to pay additional taxes to fund expensive education for illegal aliens, pay for their health care, give them welfare. Then tell us what contribution to our economy, to our society, to our economy those illegal aliens bring to our nation.

    Obama has destroyed our economy and amnesty for illegals will only make it worse. Everyone is under-employed and can’t afford to live. We must now purchase health insurance we cannot afford and do not want or need (mine is $450/month… contrast this to my $25/month auto insurance from Insurance Panda… or my $15/month renters insurance from Eagle… both private-enterprise!). Imagine what will happen when we have to subsidize the insurance for all these illegals….

    Why shouldn’t they be denied all but emergency health care? Let their children be educated by their home country or their parents until they are returned home. No welfare should be made available just as if they were living in their home country. My progeny cannot afford the economic destruction of our country, part of which is happening because of illegal aliens.

  3. laurenchang361

    Good work, judge! Perhaps some of the apologists can explain why anyone is entitled to migrate into our country. While you are formulating that response, add in why the American citizen, our nations taxpayer payers, should be forced to pay additional taxes to fund expensive education for illegal aliens, pay for their health care, give them welfare. Then tell us what contribution to our economy, to our society, to our economy those illegal aliens bring to our nation.

    Obama has destroyed our economy and amnesty for illegals will only make it worse. Everyone is under-employed and can’t afford to live. We must now purchase health insurance we cannot afford and do not want or need (mine is $450/month… contrast this to my $25/month auto insurance from Insurance Panda… or my $15/month renters insurance from Eagle… both private-enterprise!). Imagine what will happen when we have to subsidize the insurance for all these illegals….

    Why shouldn’t they be denied all but emergency health care? Let their children be educated by their home country or their parents until they are returned home. No welfare should be made available just as if they were living in their home country. My progeny cannot afford the economic destruction of our country, part of which is happening because of illegal aliens.

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