A federal judge has blocked the Obama administration’s executive action attempt to grant work permits and elude deportation for up to 5 million illegal immigrants.
In his 123-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen wrote:
DHS (Department of Homeland Security) does have discretion in the manner in which it chooses to fulfill the expressed will of Congress. It cannot, however, enact a program in which it not only ignores the dictates of Congress, but actively acts to thwart them. DHS Secretary (Jeh Johnson) is not just rewriting the laws he is creating them from scratch.
The White House quickly announced it would appeal the ruling and in response to Hanen’s decision, White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, said:
“Those policies are consistent with the laws passed by Congress and decisions of the Supreme Court, as well as five decades of precedent by presidents of both parties who have used their authority to set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws.”
Earnest added President Obama’s executive action has been supported in the court system through rulings by a Washington state federal judge, Beryl Howell.
Despite Mr. Obama’s policy, one which is of great interest to his administration and a policy he envisions as fundamentally transforming, 26 states have pursued legal avenues to prevent implementation of his executive action on immigration.
Mr. Obama tends to expound on his immigration activity as an expression of a nation’s character: A nation and people penetrated with compassion, understanding and opportunity. Personally, Mr. Obama appears to want an image of an agent of reconciliation. His critics, however, claim he is using immigration as a crude instrument to advance a political agenda where waves of new immigrants, declared legal, will submit to the state and be exploited as Democratic voters in elections to come.
Cooperating with Congress may not have yielded Obama’s desires, but it is likely he would have avoided the ruling and the ire of 26 states which filed lawsuits challenging the executive action.
[Politico] [Photo courtesy AP]