Thursday, February 27, 2020

Texas courts deal Obama immigration plans another setback

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A Texas appeals court on Tuesday denied the Obama administration’s request to proceed with the President’s highly politicized immigration programs, known by their acronyms DACA and DAPA. The refusal to lift the temporary injunction that put on hold Mr. Obama’s plans arose from a lawsuit that 26 states filed against the administration, challenging the constitutionality of the proposed deferring of deportations and providing work permits to millions of undocumented immigrants.

“[President Obama’s] attempt to bypass the will of the American people was successfully checked today,” hailed Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, the state leading the case against the Obama administration. “Texas just won the Executive Amnesty case…the Constitution wins,” he wrote.

But while the programs are again temporarily halted, immigration groups and government officials siding with Mr. Obama are encouraging eligible individuals and families to apply for the benefits of the programs in question. Tuesday’s 2-1 decision against the Federal Government underscores the question of which side of this debate the growing field of presidential contenders will champion or, rather, whether the DACA and DAPA programs will be highlighted in campaign agendas.

“The longer this justice is delayed, the harder the impact will be on our communities,” Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, said in a conference call with reporters. “We know that this decision is on the wrong side of the law. We know that we are on the right side of history.”

As of now, there has been no official comment from the White House on the possibility of taking the case to the Supreme Court.

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