A federal judge in Texas has temporarily stopped President Barack Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens from taking effect.
The injunction gives a coalition of 26 states that oppose amnesty time to prepare a lawsuit against the government.
Awesome: Judge Andrew Hanen used Pres. Obama's own words to justify his ruling halting executive amnesty http://t.co/tAR0AvMXyD
— TwitchyTeam (@TwitchyTeam) February 17, 2015
We know the president will try to push through his policies over the next two years, even in the face of a majority-Republican Congress. The only way he can do this is to go around the legislative branch and create executive orders. An excerpt:
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision comes after a hearing in Brownsville in January and puts on hold Obama’s orders that could spare as many as five million people who are in the U.S. illegally from deportation.
Hanen wrote in a memorandum accompanying his order that the lawsuit should go forward and that without a preliminary injunction the states will “suffer irreparable harm in this case.”
“The genie would be impossible to put back into the bottle,” he wrote, adding that he agreed with the plaintiffs’ argument that legalizing the presence of millions of people is a “virtually irreversible” action
Why is the president more concerned about people who broke the law to enter and/or remain here than law-abiding citizens? The Department of Justice obviously will appeal the judge’s ruling. This issue affects everything from our paychecks to the integrity of our rule of law.
Judge Hanen's order blocks Obama's lawless executive amnesty on exactly the same points as case we launched 3 years ago. Unconstitutional!
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) February 17, 2015
Obama's Amnesty Delayed Forever? Let Me Explain: http://t.co/A2a0LvZskP
— Judge Napolitano (@Judgenap) February 17, 2015