Just a day before USCIS was poised to start accepting applications for the extended DACA program (related to the November 2014 immigration executive action), a Texas federal judge has issued a ruling blocking this action.
On February 17th, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen handed down a bold and controversial decision that effectively:
- Puts the immigration executive action on hold
- Allows Texas and 25 other states to pursue a lawsuit focused on permanently stopping the immigration executive action from being implemented – and, in turn, stopping millions of immigrants from being able to obtain deportation relief.
While Judge Hanen noted in his ruling that such an order is necessary to prevent “irreparable harm” that could be caused by the immigration executive action moving forward, he also stated that, “the genie would be impossible to put back into the bottle” in reference to his perception of the impacts of legalizing the presence of millions of immigrations in the U.S.
Judge Hanen’s ruling will remain in effect until a trial regarding this issue gets underway in the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
White House’s Reactions to the Block on the Immigration Executive Action
Given that the immigration executive action has been a contentious issue since its enactment, Judge Hanen’s recent ruling has generated a lot of heated responses, with the most important one coming directly from the White House itself.
In fact, here’s a portion of the official statement issued by the White House:
The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws—which is exactly what the President did when he announced commonsense policies to help fix our broken immigration system. Those policies are consistent with the laws passed by Congress and decisions of the Supreme Court, as well as five decades of precedent by presidents of both parties who have used their authority to set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws.
The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts, and the district court in Washington, D.C. have determined that the President’s actions are well within his legal authority. Top law enforcement officials, along with state and local leaders across the country, have emphasized that these policies will also benefit the economy and help keep communities safe. The district court’s decision wrongly prevents these lawful, commonsense policies from taking effect and the Department of Justice has indicated that it will appeal that decision.
Echoing some of these sentiments, Secretary Jeh C. Johnson issued the following statement out of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding Judge Hanen’s block on the immigration executive action:
I strongly disagree with Judge Hanen’s decision to temporarily enjoin implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Department of Justice will appeal that temporary injunction; in the meantime, we recognize we must comply with it.
As more news about the status of the immigration executive action and this effort to block it becomes available, we’ll report it to you here.
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