Lawyers for the DOJ have filed a request to lift the block on the immigration executive action issued by Judge Hanen. Here’s what this could mean.
This past Monday, lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion for a stay to try to delay the block on the immigration executive action that a Texas federal judge put in place last week.
This block, which was spearheaded by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, has prevented millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. from moving forward in seeking deportation relief under the provisions of the November 2014 immigration executive action. This effort was initiated so that Texas and 25 other states could proceed with a lawsuit that would try to permanently block the immigration executive action. These states are concerned about, among other things, the significant costs that they would assume under the provisions of the immigration executive action.
Now, however, DOJ attorneys are pushing back, requesting that Judge Hanen’s ruling is put on hold as the U.S. government appeals the ruling.
The Next Step: What Happens if the Block on the Immigration Executive Action Is or Isn’t Lifted
Millions of people in the U.S. are now poised to see how the high-stakes battle regarding the block on the immigration executive action will be resolved. Here’s a look at what could happen next:
- If the DOJ’s requested stay is granted, it would lift the block on the immigration executive action, allowing immigrants to pursue the new options for deportation relief provided by it, while the lawsuit trying to permanently block it would proceed as scheduled in a New Orleans federal court.
- If Judge Hanen refuses to issue a stay and delay his previous injunction, lawyers for the DOJ are expected to see their request up to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
While many expect that Judge Hanen will NOT end up issuing the stay (especially in consideration of the strong language he used in his 123-page order to put the block on the immigration executive order in place), Judge Hanen will be handing down his decision on this matter by 5 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday February 25th). As soon as Judge Hanen hands down his ultimate decision regarding this issue, we’ll report the decision and its potential impacts to you here.
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