Federal judge issues order temporarily blocking Obama’s executive action on immigration

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President Barack Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has granted a request by a coalition of 26 states to temporarily block President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration while its lawsuit to permanently stop the order goes through the courts.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen granted a preliminary injunction Monday, after hearing arguments at a hearing in Brownsville, Texas, in January.

The federal government is expected to appeal Hanen’s ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The Justice Department had no immediate comment.

Obama’s executive action aims to spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally.

Hanen’s ruling isn’t expected to have any immediate effect as the first of Obama’s orders is not set to come into action until Feb. 18.

 

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12 comments

  • greg

    sanity prevails

    this guy gives a great speech….then everything goes to hell in a hand basket.

    his best move? he didn’t touch Wall Street (yet)

  • Jimmy Rotten

    As the husband of a legal immigrant, I’m disgusted that our “leaders” (Obama, Inslee, etc.) find pandering to illegals as worth more than easing the burden on hardworking taxpayers.

    Where the heck was my money for attending college? Where the heck is the executive order to reduce the burden of USCIS on legal family members? You’d think that with all that I pay in taxes I should have had to cough up more than a $1,000 when I needed something.

  • mark c

    This is great news for all of us who actually respect the law and play by the rules. Bad news for the freeloading “entitlement” crowd.

  • lauren chang (@laurenchang361)

    You would think a good liberal would oppose amnesty.

    Allowing illegals to stay takes jobs away from America’s poorest citizens and job competition lowers their wages.

    Allowing illegals to stay means they suck up social services funds that should go to struggling American citizens.

    Allowing illegals to stay floods our hospitals with people seeking free medical care making medical care more expensive for all citizens. Mine is up to $450/month. I’m a healthy 28 year old female. (Contrast this to my $26/month auto insurance from Insurance Panda or my $15/month renters insurance from Eagle or my $15/month dental from Delta)

    Allowing illegals to stay increases population which increases pollution and urban sprawl. (just look at LA)

    Allowing illegals to stay floods our schools with their spawn taking resources meant for our kids’ education.

    Allowing illegals to stay helps businesses to operate with cheap non-union labor.

    So why do Liberals support amnesty when it hurts most of the people and issues they support?

    • dg54321

      Probably for the same reason those who they promise will be living improved lives if they vote democrat are still living in poverty and servitude to the state after voting for democrats.

  • dg54321

    Good. Glad someone had the balls to stand up and do something about this nonsense. He is not a dictator, no matter how much he obviously wants to be.