The Obama administration has been rocked by scandals and controversy. When rumors began circulating late last year that Barack Obama planned to enact an executive order granting de facto amnesty to roughly 5 million illegal immigrants, however, backlash among conservatives noticeably increased.
In the weeks and months that followed, authorities opposed to the executive action looked for ways to stop its enforcement. More than half of all U.S. states joined a lawsuit against the Obama administration in a case that led U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen to chastise the Justice Department for misrepresenting the order’s implementation process. A subsequent appeals court ruling upheld an existing injunction blocking the order.
A substantial number of Americans were also obviously upset by the unilateral action. Western Journalism began circulating an online petition recently with the express purpose of sending a clear message that amnesty is not an acceptable solution to America’s immigration crisis. As of this writing, more than 100,000 people have signed on in support.
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“After District Judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction to suspend Obama’s plan,” the petition states, “… a federal appeals court in Louisiana upheld the judge’s ruling, which has greatly frustrated Obama and his team of lawyers. This small victory for the rule of law is an insult to President Obama.”
Despite the setback, however, many feel Obama will continue to look for new ways to bypass Congress and enforce his will on the nation. Conservatives are making their opposition to such fiat rule by adding their names to petitions like this one and through other forums, such as social media.
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