Appeals Court Blocks Obama Immigration Plan
An appeals court says the White House can’t proceed with halting the deportation of millions of immigrants.
Siding with officials in Texas and 25 other states who have challenged the legality of President Barack Obama’s immigration action, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleansdeclined the administration’s request to allow the federal government to begin implementing the plan while the two sides continue a court battle.
Federal officials sought permission to move forward after U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in February temporarily blocked the administration from implementing the plan, which would allow more than four million people in the country illegally to apply for deferred deportation and work authorizations, among other benefits…
The White House condemned the appeal court’s ruling on Tuesday, repeating its position that the president was within his authority and noting that 15 other largely Democratic states, along with the District of Columbia, have sided with the administration in the case.
“Today, two judges of the Fifth Circuit chose to misinterpret the facts and the law in denying the government’s request for a stay,” said Brandi Hoffine, a White House spokesperson. The president’s immigration moves, she added, “are squarely within the bounds of his authority, and they are the right thing to do for the country.”
An administration official said the Justice Department, which defends the federal government in lawsuits, is evaluating the ruling and will consider next steps.
The administration has said the program is designed to allow it to better focus limited federal resources on high-priority deportations, such as illegal immigrants who do pose threats to public safety.