On Monday, Judge Andrew S. Hanen, of the Federal District Court for the
Southern District of Texas, in Brownsville, made a decision, ruling in
favor of 26 states (Texas included) that were challenging President Obama’s recent
According to the judge, if Obama’s programs were to go into effect,
they would impose major burdens on the states that would strain state
budgets and encourage illegal immigration. Judge Hanen stated that the
Obama administration had failed to “comply with the Administrative
Under Obama’s policy, as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants,
including nearly 1.5 million in Texas – would receive work permits
and temporary relief from deportation.
Gov. Greg Abbott filed the lawsuit in December in his former position as
the state’s attorney general, before being sworn in as governor.
According to Abbott, the President has violated several provisions of
the U.S. Constitution, including one that gives Congress jurisdiction
over America’s immigration laws.
Abbott is arguing that Texas would sustain irreparable damage by Obama’s
action. Abbott drew attention to last summer’s surge of undocumented
immigrants from Central America who entered the state illegally via the
Rio Grande Valley.
“President Obama abdicated his responsibility to uphold the United
States Constitution when he attempted to circumvent the laws passed by
Congress via executive fiat,” said Abbott in a statement,”
and Judge Hanen’s decision rightly stops the President’s overreach
in its tracks.”
On Tuesday, Obama vowed to appeal the court ruling, and said, “The
law is on our side, and history is on our side.”
Under Judge Hanen’s ruling, the expansion of the existing program
that was to go into effect on Wednesday is being postponed for now.
Meanwhile, the White House said that the government shall continue preparing
to put the President’s executive actions into effect, but will not
begin accepting applications from undocumented workers until the legal
case is resolved.
Judge Hanen’s ruling is not the final word on the matter –
that will come from either the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, or the U.S.
Are you wondering if the Judge’s ruling will affect your immigration
status? For legal advice, contact a Plano immigration attorney from the
Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today!