According to CNN, “A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied a request from Justice Department lawyers to allow President Barack Obama’s controversial immigration actions to go into effect pending appeal.”
This is a setback for the Obama administration who wanted to pass an immigration reform to make undocumented immigrants protection from being deported. The program was announced that it would go through executive action by Obama back in November.
However, Texas and 25 other states want to sue the administration because they felt that this move would be unconstitutional. In February a judge ruled that the program should be put on hold. That ruling and the most recent one has been a huge victory for those who oppose the immigration reform.
Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General, has said that,
“Telling illegal aliens that they are now lawfully present in this country, and awarding them valuable government benefits, is a drastic change in immigration policy. The President’s attempt to do this by himself, without a law passed by Congress and without any input from the states, is a remarkable violation of the U.S Constitution and laws.”
With all the setbacks for Obama it is uncertain if the program will begin before his time as president is over. According to the Washington Post, “Obama’s new deferred-action program — which could benefit up to 5 million undocumented immigrants — is modeled after a 2012 initiative that has deferred the deportations of more than 600,000 immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children and granted most of them work permits. The 2012 program is not affected by Hanen’s injunction or the appeals court decision.”
Obama will most likely take this to the Supreme Court to have a ruling on whether his executive action unconstitutional or not.