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Judge Hanen Passes on Unblocking Obama Immigration Plan

Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has denied the Obama Administration’s request to provide a swift ruling on an emergency motion to allow Obama’s immigration plan to forge ahead.

In a one-page order, Hanen said that he would not rule on any pending motions before March 19th. This hearing will be the government’s attorneys’ opportunity to explain a filing that said that approximately 100,000 people were given three-year periods of deferred action (when they were supposed to be two-years) before the judge’s injunction.

Judge Hanen of Brownsville, Texas, a city located along the border of Mexico, issued a preliminary injunction in February, blocking President Obama’s plan that would have spared nearly 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation.

The judge’s decision was a small victory for a coalition of 26 states, including Texas, which filed a lawsuit alleging that Obama had exceeded his authority with executive orders. Obama’s executive orders bypassed Congress, which has yet to reach an agreement on immigration reform.

On Feb. 23, the Justice Department requested a stay on the judge’s ruling, asking that he at the least limit his decision to Texas.

In the court filing, the Justice Department said that if Judge Hanen failed to act by Monday, it would take its request to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Judge Hanen’s decisions have captured the attention of Republicans in Congress who are intent on stopping the President’s actions. Now Republicans are viewing the courts as a tool for keeping President Obama’s programs from going into effect.

If you need legal advice regarding an immigration matter in the Plano, Dallas or Fort Worth area, contact an immigration attorney from the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC.

We continue to stay abreast of all developments in immigration reform, and would be glad to offer you guidance as the U.S. immigration laws are in transition.

Categories: Immigration Issues