Fifth Circuit Maintains Roadblock to Obama Immigration Amnesty
Today the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift an injunction prohibiting the Obama administration from implementing an executive amnesty program for millions of illegal immigrants.
Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas who is leading a 26 state lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s amnesty order, applauded the court for stopping “a drastic change in immigration policy” since the program bypassed congressional approval. Texas is alleging significant financial burdens on state taxpayers if the federal government is allowed to proceed.
The Obama administration is now considering whether to appeal the Fifth Circuit’s opinion to the U.S. Supreme Court, a move which could backfire and derail a policy goal long sought by immigration activists.
It’s taken almost a month, but it is now becoming clearer how Republicans in Congress can stop President Barack Obama’s decision to grant amnesty and work permits to as many as five million illegal immigrants, if not more, depending on the specifics of the proposed actions.
To recall, President Obama announced on November 20 that he is directing immigration agencies to halt deportations of illegal immigrants who are parents of children that were either born in the United States or entered the country as minors. That policy has since been issued as a memo by Homeland Security Secretary…
"What is unique about American foreign policy today is not just that it is rudderless, but how quickly and completely the 70-year postwar order seems to have disintegrated -- and how little interest the American people take in the collapse, thanks to the administration's apparent redeeming message, which translates, 'It's their misfortune and none of our own.' ...Meanwhile, no one seems to much care…[more]
—Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow