Obama’s Immigration Plans Stopped by Texas Federal Judge
A turn of events occurred Monday, February 16, for President Obama’s deportation amnesty decision when a federal judge halted the plans just a day before applications were to be accepted.
Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Brownsville, Texas, a city along the Mexico border, handed in 123-page opinion stating that the Department of Homeland Security has never mentioned its rules regarding Obama’s immigration plans to be public, making it so Hanen could block the decision of the deportment program.
The White House plans to appeal this decision immediately. Whether a decision will be made before tomorrow, when the Department of Homeland Security was planning on accepting applications for illegal immigrants tomorrow, February 18, is still uncertain.
White House press secretary Josh earnest said, “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,"
According to Reuters, Obama’s immigration plans would grant up to 4.7 million undocumented immigrants the chance to stay in the United States without the threat of deportation. This decision of Obama’s in the largest change in immigration policy since President Ronald Regan’s changes back in 1986.
The next step in this process of the Fifth Circuit to side with the federal government, which will bring the program up and running again, or if they will side with the states, telling the government that it will have to wait about this deportation amnesty decision.