This week, Judge Andrew S. Hanen, of Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas, in Brownsville, issued an injunction temporarily halting the Administrationâ€™s sweeping executive actions on immigration,
This injunction was issued in response to a federal lawsuit filed by 26 states, challenging the constitutionality of President Obamaâ€™s immigration actions. These executive actions were announced in November 2014, when President Obama proclaimed he would unilaterally allow approximately four million unlawful immigrants to stay and work in the United States, without a vote of Congress -- despite having stated that he does not have the constitutional authority to change our immigration laws unilaterally.
In December, Congressman Forbes joined the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) in filing an in this lawsuit, arguing that the Administrationâ€™s executive action on immigration, at the admission of the President, â€śchanges the law and sets new policy, exceeding the Defendantsâ€™ constitutional authority and disrupting the delicate balance of powers.â€ť
This weekâ€™s ruling on the lawsuit was handed down just days before thousands of illegal immigrants were set to begin applying for legal protection and work permits under the Administrationâ€™s executive actions. According to Administration officials, the expansion, which was set to begin on Wednesday, has now been indefinitely postponed to comply with the federal judgeâ€™s order. The President has vowed to appeal the injunction, and expressed confidence in the success of the appeal, stating: â€śThe law is on our side, and history is on our side."
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