May 27, 2015
President Obama's efforts to provide some type of immigration relief to the millions of undocumented aliens hit a detour yesterday as the federal appeals court refused to allow the administrative plan to proceed. Three judges from the District 5 U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans voted 2 - 1 to refuse a stay to an order that blocked the action.
In November 2014 President Obama introduced executive action to halt deportations of some categories of undocumented aliens. This was a response to the do-nothing Congress had failed to act on immigration reform.
The executive action was challenged in court by Texas and 25 other conservative states that claimed that the action was unconstitutional.
From The Boston Herald:
A three-judge panel yesterday refused to allow President Obama’s amnesty plan — which shields up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation — to take effect. The plan had been on hold since a Texas judge issued a preliminary injunction against it in February.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton earlier this month called for an even broader amnesty plan that would include a path to citizenship for parents of what liberals call “Dreamers” — children illegally brought to the United States at an early age who have usually gone through public schools.White House spokesperson, Brandi Hoffine made clear that the Obama Administration disagreed with the ruling. The Obama Administration will file an appeal:
"As the powerful dissent from Judge [Stephen] Higginson recognizes, President Obama's immigration executive actions are fully consistent with the law," said White House spokesperson Brandi Hoffine.
"The president's actions were designed to bring greater accountability to our broken immigration system, grow the economy, and keep our communities safe." Hoffine said Obama's action are "squarely within the bounds of his authority" and are "the right thing to do" for the nation.
"Fifteen states and the District of Columbia, business leaders, local law enforcement and elected officials, educators, faith leaders, legal scholars, and others have all asked the courts to allow these actions to move forward, given the important economic and public safety benefits," she said.