Following a Texas judge’s refusal to lift the block of the White House’s immigration plan for a minimum of 10 more days, more than a dozen US sates will be considering appeals to lift the injunction on President Obama’s executive actions of shielding millions from deportation.
Andrew Hanen, US District Court Judge, is the Brownsville judge responsible for issuing the preliminary injunction which put a halt to the president’s plans of shielding illegal immigrants from deportation. According to Judge Hanen, federal government lawyers may have been responsible for misleading the court when addressing new immigration policy implementation and as a result, no ruling would follow until the 19th of March court hearing. During this hearing, Hanen explained, government attorneys were expected to explain the filing that had claimed that over 100,000 immigrants had received deferred action periods of over 3 years before the judge’s injunction.
Initially, justice department lawyers had assured the court, Hanen claims, that no action would be taken in order to implement the new policies concerning illegals until mid-February. Judge Hanen had criticized the nation’s immigration enforcement policies as being too lax and accused president Obama’s approach, faulting the administration for not having publicly announced its future plans.
Back in November, the Obama administration announced its plans on expanding the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” plan so as to grant eligibility to more immigrants. Furthermore, it also created a new program intended to include illegal immigrants who are US citizen- or permanent US residents’ parents. As the third and most criticized portion of President Obama’s plan, the period of “deferred action” was extended so as to protect illegal immigrants from being deported (the protection period increased from two years to three).
Texas, alongside 25 other states, had hoped that a judge would overturn president Obama’s actions as having been unconstitutional. They had insisted that president Obama had exceeded his powers and would effectively cause 4.7 million illegals to continue residing within the US without fear of deportation.
According to judge Hanen, the states in question would experience significant financial setbacks as a result of President Obama’s executive actions. According to this deferred action plan, millions of immigrants would receive work permits, driver’s licenses as well as additional benefits which would be particularly difficult to recoup if the president’s actions are later on declared as having been unconstitutional.
“Be prepared to fully explain to this Court all of the matters addressed in and circumstances surrounding.”
judge Hanen wrote.
Yet Hanen faces some criticism of his own. On the 23rd of February, the US Justice Department requested an urgent stay of the judge’s ruling. According to court filings, the Department would take the matter to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans if judge Hanen would not act by Monday.