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President Obama’s Executive #Amnesty Program is Attack Upon Rule of Law; Texas Leads 26-State Coalition in Oral Arguments in Fifth Circuit Immigration Hearing

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Texas leads a 26-state bipartisan coalition fighting the president’s attempt to unilaterally grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants

The Texas Attorney General’s Office today continued the fight against President Obama’s executive amnesty program, arguing for the bipartisan coalition of 26 states in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court will decide whether to reverse the district court’s decision to halt the president’s plan.

“As President Obama said himself shortly after announcing the program, he ‘took an action to change the law,’ when he signed the executive action on immigration. Texas has argued that any sweeping change in immigration policy should be up to lawmakers, not the unilateral action of the executive branch.”

“President Obama’s executive amnesty program would prompt some of the most massive changes to national immigration law in history, all without any input from Congress or the American people. Federal lawyers today even acknowledged several times that this action constitutes a ‘significant policy enactment,’” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Our system of checks and balances is intended to prevent the very action that this president has taken. This lawsuit isn’t about immigration policy – it’s about the rule of law, and we need to leave lawmaking to Congress, which was entrusted, empowered and elected by the people to do just that.”

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“President Obama’s executive amnesty program would prompt some of the most massive changes to national immigration law in history, all without any input from Congress or the American people. Federal lawyers today even acknowledged several times that this action constitutes a ‘significant policy enactment.’”

Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller argued for the states. On May 26, the Fifth Circuit denied the Obama Administration’s request to begin implementing the president’s amnesty plan after the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction on February 16, halting the president’s executive action on immigration from taking effect.

As President Obama said himself shortly after announcing the program, he “took an action to change the law,” when he signed the executive action on immigration. Texas has argued that any sweeping change in immigration policy should be up to lawmakers, not the unilateral action of the executive branch.

The president’s plan would allow more than 4 million illegal immigrants to be deemed lawfully present and to take advantage of the following government benefits: work permits, tax credits, Social Security, Medicare, driver’s licenses, unemployment insurance, and the right to international travel. The states would also be compelled to fund additional education, health care and law enforcement costs.

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“The president’s plan would allow more than 4 million illegal immigrants to be deemed lawfully present and to take advantage of the following government benefits: work permits, tax credits, Social Security, Medicare, driver’s licenses, unemployment insurance, and the right to international travel. The states would also be compelled to fund additional education, health care and law enforcement costs.”

While the states await a ruling on the preliminary injunction appeal in the Fifth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas is also reviewing the Obama Administration’s misrepresentations in court and admitted violation of a judge’s order. After the Obama Administration admitted that more than 100,000 illegal immigrants had already been issued expanded work permits under the president’s amnesty plan – in direct contradiction to what they told the federal court – the federal government in May advised the judge that 2,000 more individuals were prematurely granted expanded work permits, and just yesterday updated that total to 2,500. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama’s Remedial Legal Education

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A federal appeals court rebukes his immigration order

“…The Fifth Circuit decision vindicates the rule of law and shows again how Mr. Obama is exceeding his legal authority. But it is also a tragedy for immigrants who Mr. Obama teased with his illegal legalization. After last year’s election, many GOP leaders believed they had a chance to pass reform that addressed specific immigration problems—for farm or high-tech workers, for example.

But by acting on his own Mr. Obama poisoned the politics of immigration reform for the rest of his tenure. Republicans who favor reform have no chance to bring along angry back-benchers who have zero trust in the President to follow any immigration reform that Congress passes. This may have been part of Mr. Obama’s plan, letting him take sole political credit among Hispanic voters for legalizing 4.3 million while causing Republicans to again seem anti-immigrant.

Mr. Obama could have avoided this mess if he had recalled his law classes on the separation of powers…”

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BREAKING: Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Court Rules with 26 States Challenging Obama’s Executive Immigration Action

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The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of 26 states challenging President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration on Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said.

The three-judge panel ruled that the executive action, which would grant an estimated 4.7 million undocumented immigrants relief from deportation, should stay on hold while the states work to overturn it.

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Another Court Victory Against Obama’s Illegal Executive Order Granting Amnesty

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Judge Denies Obama’s Request to Let Immigration Policy Stand

 reports: A Brownsville-based federal judge on Tuesday denied the Obama administration’s proxyrequest to let a controversial immigration program proceed while the issue plays out in the courts.

United States District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that his initial decision to halt the president’s November executive action — which seeks to grant deportation relief and a work permit to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants, including a portion of the 1.6 million currently living in Texas — was the right one.

“Having considered the positions of all parties and the applicable law, this court remains convinced that its original findings and rulings in the Order of Temporary Injunction and Memorandum Opinion and Order issued on Feb. 16, 2015…were correct.”

Hanen initially ruled that the White House violated the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs the way federal policies are crafted and how much input the public gets.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has called Obama’s action “beyond any president’s authority,” and says it “would inevitably cause irreparable harm to our state, imposing border-meltdown5hundreds of millions of dollars in costs on Texas.”

Gov. Greg Abbott, the state’s former attorney general, filed the lawsuit against the Obama administration in December before being sworn in as governor. Texas is part of a 26-state coalition that challenged the executive action.

Hanen blocked the measure in February and the Obama administration immediately requested that the judge delay his own order. But on Tuesday, Hanen reiterated that wasn’t going to happen. Read the rest of this entry »