Conservatives cheered when Federal Judge Andrew Hanen stayed the Obama administration’s illegal action to issue work permits to millions of immigrants here illegally. This Texas judge has been one of the few people in positions of power in this country willing to stand up to the corruption and criminal behavior from this White House and administration.
However, today, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States agreed to hear an expedited review of the stay that was put in place. The hearing will not delve into the merits of the ruling that blocked the president’s illegal actions, although it will examine the stay itself and make a decision on allowing it to go forward–or not.
A federal appeals court announced Tuesday that it will hold an unusual oral argument session next month on the question of whether to stay a judge’s order blocking President Barack Obama from carrying out new immigration executive actions he put forward last year.
The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said it will hold two hours of oral argument in New Orleans on April 17. The session is aimed not at the legal merits of the ruling U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen issued last month, but on whether to grant the federal government’s motion to put that order on hold while the appeal of his decision goes forward.
Legal experts described as extraordinary the appeals court’s decision to hold a public session focusing on a stay.
“That’s extremely rare,” said University of Richmond Law Professor Carl Tobias. “Those are almost always addressed just on the papers and very quickly….I guess they just see this as such a huge issue between states and administration they’re giving it full-dress treatment.”
The one positive thing to come from this announcement is that this appeals court is one of the most conservative circuits in the country and is heavily populated with judges appointed by Republican administrations. Although there is the possibility that the stay could be lifted and the illegal amnesty allowed to proceed while the appeal on the ruling runs its course, the alternative is that a ruling in conservatives’ favor could put this issue to bed until it reaches the Supreme Court.
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