A U.S. District Judge in Texas issued an injunction that stops President Barack Obama’s Executive Order to protect approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants from being deported. U.S. District Judge, Andrew Hanen, ruled that President Obama violated his constitutional power when he issued his order while Congress was deadlocked over immigration reform. President Obama stated that he will continue to implement his plans once the legal issues are settled.
The plight of undocumented immigrants gained national attention last November as President Obama set forth an Executive Order that would allow work permits to be issued to an estimated four million undocumented immigrants already in the United States. Nowhere is the debate over this situation more prevalent than the state of Texas where an estimated 1,000 people without documentation cross the border between the U.S. and Mexico each day. After suing the Obama administration for abuse of power, the state asked the Texas judge to block the implementation of Obama’s Executive Order while it decides if the President is within his Constitutional rights to institute immigration changes that include federal benefits without the approval of Congress.
A total of 26 states across the nation are supporting Judge Hanen’s decision. Under President Obama’s plan, immigrants that have been in the U.S. for more than five years, have children in the country, or were brought into the U.S. as children themselves, and who pass a criminal background check will be eligible for an employment visa and protection from deportation as well as Social Security and Medicare benefits. Proponents for the injunction argued that once processing begins and benefits are put into place, it will be difficult to reverse the action. Many are concerned that the new policy will encourage even more undocumented immigrants to enter the U.S. under the presumption that they will be protected.
Twelve U.S. states are defending the Obama Executive Order saying that it focuses on deporting undocumented immigrants with no family ties in the U.S. and those with criminal backgrounds. They also believe that the President is within his Constitutional rights to put policies into place during a crisis situation, regardless if he has the support of Congress. According to a 1985 Supreme Court ruling, White House attorneys are arguing that the President has the right to exercise his power to implement policies through an Executive Order without the approval of Congress and be immune from judicial review.
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