Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) tweeted the news Monday that a federal judge granted a stay of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The order was released a couple of hours later.
President Obama announced in November he would be taking executive action on amnesty, allowing five million illegal immigrants to register for background checks, pay back taxes, work, and obtain Social Security cards.
Abbott said just days later he would be challenging the validity of the president’s actions, and has since been joined by 26 states. He tweeted the following Monday evening from his personal Twitter account:
Fifteen minutes after Abbott’s tweet, Zeke Miller of Time published the opinion in Texas v. United States of America, issued by Judge Andrew Hanen in the United States District Court for the Southern District in Brownsville, Texas, on Twitter:
Hanen’s ruling reads in part: “The court finds that the government’s failure to secure the border has exacerbated illegal immigration into this country.”
“Further, the record supports the finding that this lack of enforcement, combined with the country’s high rate of illegal immigration, significantly drains the states’ resources.”
Abbott expanded his opinion in a press release Tuesday, “President Obama abdicated his responsibility to uphold the United States Constitution when he attempted to circumvent the laws passed by Congress via executive fiat, and Judge Hanen’s decision rightly stops the president’s overreach in its tracks,” he said.
We live in a nation governed by a system of checks and balances, and the president’s attempt to bypass the will of the American people was successfully checked today. The District Court’s ruling is very clear — it prevents the president from implementing the policies in ‘any and all aspects.’
The White House promises an appeal to Judge Hanen’s ruling. “The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts, and the district court in Washington, D.C. have determined that the president’s actions are well within his legal authority,” the White House said in a statement Tuesday.
Top law enforcement officials, along with the state and local leaders across the country, have emphasized that these policies will also benefit the economy and keep communities safe. The district court’s decision wrongly prevents these lawful, commonsense policies from taking effect and the Department of Justice has indicated that it will appeal that decision.
h/t: The Blaze