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Texas Judge Blocks Obama's Immigration Order

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 immigration actions.

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 Procedure Act.”

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. Supreme Court.

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!