Friday, May 24, 2024

No Date Set For Decision On President’s Immigration Actions

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday heard arguments on whether or not to lift a temporary injunction placed by Texas-based US District Court Judge Andrew Hanen on President Barack Obama’s executive orders regarding the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action For Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs that were announced last November. The executive actions, which would grant a 3 year stay to undocumented immigrants, would affect up to 4.9 million people already living in the US.

In response to the court proceedings and impending decision, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumptive democratic presidential nominee, came out in full support of President Obama’s actions saying in a tweet “As court hears immigration case today, at stake are stronger families, communities, [and] economy. Parents & Dreamers shouldn’t live in fear.”

Judge Hanen, citing President Obama’s overreach of executive authority, ruled in favor of the State of Texas which brought the suit on behalf of the 26 other states which oppose the President’s executive actions on immigration.

Republican presidential candidates Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida both oppose the President’s executive actions on immigration though Senator Rubio has been a vocal proponent of comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the past. The three judge panel, made up of Reagan, Bush and Obama appointees did not announce a date for a final decision in the case.

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