U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who was appointed by president George W. Bush, temporarily blocked President Obama’s immigration executive order late Monday. This means a court will now decide if the executive order was constitutional or if President Obama overstepped his bounds.
The temporary halt by the judge gives the 26-state coalition time to pursue a lawsuit that would permanently stop the president’s orders.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, “President Obama abdicated his responsibility to uphold the United States Constitution when he attempted to circumvent the laws passed by Congress via executive fiat, and Judge Hanen’s decision rightly stops the President’s overreach in its.”
The federal government is expected to file an appeal against Judge Hanen’s decision.
The first of President Obama’s orders, expanding the program that protects young immigrants from deportation (DREAMERS) if they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, will not take effect until Feb. 18.
This is a major setback for the Obama administration. The Republican Party has proposed nothing of any substance to reform the broken immigration system. Their hardline stance against the DREAMERS will only further alienate Hispanic voters for the 2016 elections.