Goodlatte: Fifth Circuit’s Ruling Affirming Exec. Amnesty Injunction ‘Victory For The Constitution’

Bob Goodlatte
The Associated Press

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ refusal to lift the injunction on Presisdnt Obama’s executive amnesty programs is a “victory for the Constitution and the American people,” according to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).

“President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration poses a clear and present danger to our Constitution and I am pleased that the President’s actions continue to be halted so that the states’ lawsuit can continue to move forward,” Goodlatte says.

Earlier in the day, the court of appeals denied the administration’s requested effort to overturn a lower court’s preliminary injunction on Obama’s executive amnesty programs — expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DAPA) and  Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).

U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen halted the programs in February after 26 states, led by Texas, challenged the executive actions.

Goodlatte was one of many Republican lawmakers who praised the Tuesday ruling.

“By acting unilaterally to rewrite our nation’s immigration laws, President Obama has disregarded the will of the American people and violated the Constitution. Such lawlessness must be stopped so that we preserve the separation of powers in the Constitution and protect individual liberty,” Goodlatte added.

Earlier in the month Goodlatte joined Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) as well as Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) to file an amicus brief with the American Center for Law and Justice in support of the continued injunction. According to Goodlatte’s office, 88 Representatives and 25 Senators signed onto the brief.