/Immigration Executive Action Hearing Set for April 17th

Immigration Executive Action Hearing Set for April 17th

On April 17th, a hearing will be held to review whether the injunction that has blocked President Obama’s immigration executive action (IEA) should be lifted, according to a recently issued announcement from the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has announced that an immigration executive action hearing has been set for April 17th. Here’s what may occur in that hearing.

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has announced that an immigration executive action hearing has been set for April 17th. Here’s what may occur in that hearing.

The immigration executive action, which was announced at the end of 2014, was officially blocked from taking effect – one day before USCIS was poised to start accepting applications for its programs – by an injunction handed down by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen (in Brownsville, Texas). Judge Hanen’s injunction, which is backed by 26 states, has led to a contentious debate and legal case, with:

  • Opponents of the IEA fighting to permanently block it from going into effect, as they have argued that the immigration executive action is unconstitutional
  • Supporters of the IEA fighting to get the injunction lifted so that the action can proceed and provide essential deportation relief to millions of immigrants in the U.S.

Immigration Executive Action Hearing: The Next Steps

According to the federal court’s recent announcement, the upcoming immigration executive action hearing has been set for April to comply with the Justice Department’s request for an expedited hearing in this case. During this hearing, each side in this case will reportedly have only one hour to present its arguments regarding Judge Hanen’s injunction.

While it’s unclear at this time how long the federal court will deliberate on the case and, in turn, how long it will take to render a ruling/decision:

  • It’s also unclear whether Judge Hanen will issue a sanction against the Justice Department (as there is some ongoing debate regarding whether the Justice Department started implementing certain program expansions before it was authorized to do so).
  • It’s seems likely at this point that both sides may try to see this case to the high court, as either side is likely to pursue an appeal if the appeals court’s ruling is not in its favor.

As news regarding the progress and outcome of this appeals case becomes available this coming month, we’ll bring you the latest updates here in our blog. Stay posted – and don’t forget to share your thoughts about this issue with us in the comments below and/or on social media.

Los Angeles Immigration Lawyers at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C.

Do you need help with any immigration issues? If so, you can turn to the Los Angeles immigration attorneys at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C. For more than 15 years, our lawyers have been successfully representing clients in various types of immigration cases, including those that involve the most basic immigration applications to those associated with extremely complicated federal court litigation.

 

 

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