Joaquin Castro Slams Texas GOP for ‘Touchdown Dance’ on Amnesty Injunction

Joaquin Castro AP
Associated Press

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) slammed Texas Republican leaders on Wednesday for what he claimed was their “touchdown dance” celebrating Judge Andrew Hanen’s temporary injunction against President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty.

As Breitbart Texas reported, Texas Republicans Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Attorney General Ken Paxton held a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the court victory and express their confidence that the judge’s ruling would survive the appeals process.

“My 31st and last lawsuit against President Obama may turn out to be the one that has the greatest constitutional consequence,” Abbott said, according to Breitbart Texas. “This was a victory for America, and the rule of law, and the Constitution.”

Cruz said that he was “proud that Texas led the way to stand up to President Barack Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional amnesty” and noted that had the federal government granted work permits to illegal immigrants, it would essentially be “counterfeiting federal documents.”

After Hanen issued his injunction, the Obama administration temporarily halted its executive amnesty programs. Department of Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that the Obama administration would not be accepting applications until the executive amnesty lawsuit is resolved. The administration was expecting to receive applications for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Wednesday. The Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program was set to go into effect in May.