A federal Appeals Court has just ruled against President Obama's plan to prioritize deportations in an effort to keep immigrant families together in the U.S. In a 2-1 decision, the fifth U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a federal judge's injunction blocking the measure.
The administration claims the programs are within the executive branch's discretionary power and would allow the Department of Homeland Security to focus on deporting criminal offenders rather than law-abiding groups with strong ties to the United States.
"Congress must take action to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and voters must make their voices heard at the ballot box", Sanchez said. Republicans also said the executive exceeds the president's constitutional authority by demanding whole categories of immigrants be protected from forced removal.
"President Obama should abandon his lawless executive amnesty program and start enforcing the law today", Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a news release.
Smith and Judge Jennifer Elrod, who were both appointed by Republican presidents, denied to stay the injunction after determining that the administration's appeal was unlikely to succeed on its merits.
The other major part of Obama's order would extend deportation protections to parents of USA citizens and permanent residents who have been in the country for a few years. The policy revisions could give work permits to all US residents, including undocumented immigrants, individuals with H1B temporary guest worker visas and people who overstay
With this quick action for an appeal, Obama's administration has heightened their chances to get an answer from the U.S. Supreme Court by the end of its current term, which would be in June 2016.
And even if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the president, the administration only will have a few months to implement the DAPA and expanded DACA programs before he leaves office.
In English, it means that the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1952 expressly lays out how and when an immigrant can legally remain in the country.