Obama’s Immigration Woes

Obama's Immigration Woes

Mary Elizabeth Hagan, Staff Writer

The Obama administration’s executive immigration proposal has been stalled by a federal judge. The plan proposed the government protect the approximate 5 million illegal immigrants in the United States from deportation. Some courts in New Orleans and Texas have refused to uphold this executive order.

Obama had issued executive orders to protect parents, who immigrated illegally, from being deported if their children were born in the US or immigrated to this country at a young age. The Justice department has issued a statement claiming that they disagree with the 2-1 vote against this planning the Court of Appeals, and will appeal to the higher courts.

This plan has been ridiculed by the Republican party as an executive overreach since the bill’s debut in November of last year. As of right now, twenty-six total states have challenged this plan in the courts. The Obama administration, however, claims that the executive branch has the right to control the deportation of certain parties. Texas Governor Greg Abbott stood by the ruling. He said,“President Obama should abandon his lawless executive amnesty program and start enforcing the law today.”

The White House, of course, had an opposing view. “We strongly disagree with the 5th Circuit’s decision,” the White House said in a press statement. “The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws.”

This ruling has dampened the chances of the implementation of the executive action before Obama leaves office in 2017. Appeals in the courts could take months and the case could be sent back to the Texas federal courts for more deliberations. It is unlikely this action will be implemented before the change in executive powers.