In a serious blow to President Obama, a federal judge in Texas has issued a temporary injunction blocking implementation of the President’s Executive Amnesty program. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen handed down the ruling in response to a lawsuit filed by then Texas Attorney General (now Governor) Greg Abbott and 25 other states.
In his ruling Judge Hanen found that the Plaintiffs did have standing to bring the suit, and that the federal government had abdicated its responsibility to enforce immigration laws. The ruling allows the lawsuit to go forward and finds that the states will “suffer irreparable harm” if the government is allowed to proceed with “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents”, or DAPA, is allowed to be implemented and that “This genie would be impossible to put back into the bottle”.
Naturally, the White House will appeal this ruling, but for the time being at least the DHS has been prevented from going forward with the President’s illegal program.
What we can now expect is that amnesty supporters who have anticipated this ruling, will seek to discredit Judge Hanen rather than argue the case on its merits, and they will make claims irreparable harm to those who would benefit from the program, despite the fact that the ruling only serves to preserve the status quo that has existed for more than five years. The injunction is temporary, lasting only until the U.S. District Court has a chance to rule on the merits of the case, but it is an important first step in a long process that will hopefully put an end to the President’s plan to import people to do a job that more and more Americans are unwilling to do – vote Democrat.