A federal court has again blocked President Barack Obama’s executive orders giving quasi-legal status and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants, an action that critics say is an illicit backdoor amnesty plan.
In a 2-1 ruling, an appellate court in New Orleans delivered a blow to Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, the President’s November 2014 plan that would block repatriation for millions of illegals, and also allow them legally work and live in the U.S.
Obama’s executive orders have had a rocky road to implementation. In December of last year, Texas Attorney General and then Governor-elect filed a lawsuit to halt Obama’s planned amnesty for up to 4 million Illegals.
Then earlier this year, with a 123-page opinion, a Texas judge ordered a temporary halt to Obama’s policy of deferring the deportation of millions of illegals, pending a full review of the claim.
And now, this week, the temporary block was confirmed by the appeals court.
“Today, the Fifth Circuit asserted that the separation of powers remains the law of the land, and the president must follow the rule of law, just like everybody else,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “Throughout this process, the Obama administration has aggressively disregarded the constitutional limits on executive power, and Texas, leading a charge of 26 states, has secured an important victory to put a halt to the president’s lawlessness.”
Attorneys representing the state of Texas stated that Obama’s policy circumvents Congress, abuses his immigration authority and would force the states to incur costs not to mention force the states to give documents like drivers licenses to illegals.
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