President Barack Obama’s plan to shield more than 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation before he leaves office was dealt another blow by an appeals court’s refusal to let the program begin while 26 states fight to derail it.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans said a federal judge’s ruling blocking the plan was “impressive and thorough” and that states led by Texas were likely to ultimately win the lawsuit. The judge in Brownsville, Texas, ruled the White House had skipped required federal policy-making steps and halted the program in February, hours before it was to begin taking applications.
The White House may take the dispute to the U.S. Supreme Court, where further delays would likely thrust immigration policy onto center stage in the 2016 presidential contest. Newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan has said House Republicans won’t be offering legislation on immigration reform, calling Obama an unreliable partner because he had attempted to go around Congress with executive orders.
The appeals court “has pretty effectively closed down any meaningful chance of immigration reform before Obama leaves office,” Richard Murray, a pollster and political science professor at the University of Houston, said in a phone interview. If the administration appeals, the Supreme Court will likely order the status quo maintained as the court fight continues, out of reluctance to “inject itself” into such a divisive issue, “especially during the final year of a presidential term,” Murray said.
If the high court’s four Democratic appointees vote to take the case, the decision will come down in June, “just as the political parties are settling in on their candidates,” Murray said. “Immigration has already become a huge issue; I think it will be a wedge issue in the presidential campaign.”
Obama’s initiative targets undocumented immigrants who’ve been in the U.S. for at least five years, can pass a criminal background check, and have a child who is an American citizen. Obama announced the unilateral policy shift in November 2014, after he failed to persuade the Republican-controlled Congress to pass reforms he said would bring illegal immigrants “out of the shadows” into productive society.The pushback on Obama's 2014 illegal executive amnesty began in February when a Federal judge in Brownsville blocked it. It even got to the point where the Regime was investigated for lying to the judge.
Now that the tyrant Obama has been smacked down, I wonder what the petulant little tinpot dicktator's response will be?