On Tuesday, President Obama’s
immigration plan to shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation
was once again delayed when an appeals court in New Orleans sided with
26 states that argue that Obama was exceeding his presidential authority.
In a 2-1 vote, judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New
Orleans ruled that Obama’s executive action shall stay on hold until
further judicial action.
This is the second time since February that Obama’s immigration order
was blocked; the first time it was blocked by a judge in a lower court in Texas.
In an effort to fix America’s “broken immigration system,”
in November Obama announced that he would take executive action to help
undocumented immigrants. His actions have faced criticism from Republicans
who argue that his program is granting amnesty to lawbreakers.
In the upcoming months, the 5th Circuit will rule again as to whether the
Obama administration can appeal the block to the president’s executive
order. However, that decision may be made by a new panel of judges who
would consider additional evidence.
The 5th Circuit is known as one of the most conservative in the nation,
thus immigration advocates are concerned that it would rule in favor of
Marielena Hincapie, the executive director of the National Immigration
Law Center said in a conference with reporters that they are disappointed,
but this was not unexpected at all.
If the 5th Circuit denies the Obama administration’s appeal, then
it may be headed for the Supreme Court, which could delay the enactment
of the immigration programs until June 2016, just before the November
election – a politically sensitive time.
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matter? If so, don’t hesitate to contact a
Plano immigration lawyer from The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC.
If you are concerned about the recent court ruling in New Orleans and how
it may affect your immigration case, we would be more than happy to answer
your questions and offer you the assistance that you need.