Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Obama’s Executive Amnesty

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gavelLate Monday, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction on President Obama’s executive amnesty program announced in November 2014. (FoxNews.com, Feb. 17, 2015) Judge Andrew Hanen of the District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued the injunction after ruling that the plaintiffs — Texas and two dozen other states — had sufficiently demonstrated that the implementation of the President’s memos granting deferred action and parole status to millions of illegal aliens would injure their states.

The District Court’s ruling came just as the Obama Administration was set to begin implementation of the amnesty programs outlined in the memos the issued by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson last November. Indeed, DHS had scheduled to begin accepting applications for its expanded DACA program today. (USCIS News Alert, Jan. 30, 2015) The expansion would implement the following changes:

  1. Elimination of the age limit. Initially, the DACA program was limited only to aliens were under the age of 31 on the date DACA was announced (June 15, 2012).
  2. Reduction of the length of requested continuous United States residence. While DACA recipients originally were required to identify a date of entry after January 1, 2010, aliens are now eligible for DACA with a date of entry after June 15, 2007.
  3. Increased duration of reprieve from removal. The Johnson Memos extended the length of DACA status from two to three years. Today, the three-year DACA status will now be available to the pool of expanded DACA program applicants. (But see FAIR Legislative Update, Nov. 24, 2014 (describing how the Johnson Memos offer three-year DACA status to new first-time DACA applicants and DACA renewal applicants immediately)).

(See FAIR, Expansion of DACA, Nov. 24, 2014; see also DHS, Johnson expanded DACA Memo, Nov. 20, 2014; but see DHS, Napolitano original DACA Memo, June 15, 2012)

However, instead of launching the expanded DACA program, the Judge Hanen’s injunction has put this program and other programs initiated last November on hold. In a release issued Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he “strongly disagrees” with the decision, but confirmed that “the Department of Homeland Security will not accept applications for the expanded DACA program on February 18, as originally planned. “Until further notice, he added, “we will also suspend the plan to accept requests for DAPA.” (Johnson statement, Feb. 17, 2015)

Read FAIR’s Press Release: Statement by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) on Judge Andrew Hanen’s Preliminary Injunction on Obama Amnesty Programs.

 

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    Just the health concerns alone should have killed this executive action. TBA, is all but gone in the USA but in Mexico, Central America and other parts of the world it is the threat it once was here, when 1 in 4 adults died from this highly contagious disease. Add to this others like small pox, mumps, measles, and others and this migration could cost us more than our government admits. When policies are based on politics rather than common sense and those who object are called out as racist or worse we have a crisis in leadership. President Obama has no clue as to what he is exposing us to, nor does it appear he cares. I have lived and worked along the Southern California border and contacted TB forcing me to undergo several months of treatment in addition to having to now gave chest exrsys rather than skin tests and I can longer donate blood be it to a family member or the blood bank. This is just one of thousands of issue that come with a policy that is both illegal and ultimately will lead to more illegal migration. Several years ago I step forward and sponsored a person who want to immigrate to the US. A ver extensive physical was required with blood test as well as a personal history and background check, in addition I had to provide proof that I could if necessary provide financial responsibility for this person for ten years of until they became a citizen. That event has happened and today we gave a very talented and skilled surgery recovery RN working on behalf of those who need her skills. This is immigration not handout to future social services users.

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    I See the Open Border MSM Falsely Infers Most Americans Support Amnesty

    By calling it Immigration Reform, how about Immigration Laws Torn? They use these falsely acquired poll numbers with Newspeak wording to reinforce their wild fantasy. Hey….I see a southern state did a real poll and asked Americans if they supported the EO Amnesty….even 70% of the Democrats voted Hades No!

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    YES , PLEASE ENFORCE & STOP THIS DANGERIOUS INFLUX OF “ILLEGAL'” ‘SECURE THE BORDER’S

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    GOD BLESS THIS JUDGE

    Now we have to do our job and get everyone in step with us to contact all of our egghead officials and put the squeeze on them.. They need to wake up and listen to the American people!!!!!!

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    Nanc Cuddeback on

    IT’S ABOUT TIME SOMEONE IN THIS GOVERNMENT STARTED ENFORCING THE IMMIGRATION LAWS IN THIS COUNTRY. OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS NOT BROKEN. FOR THE LAST 30YRS. THEY HAVE BEEN IGNORED. AND THIS PRESIDENT HAS DONE EVERYTHING HE CAN TO MAKE SURE THEY STAY IGNORED.

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    The emperor has no clothes. Obama’s executive amnesty decree that suspends immigration laws and gives social security numbers and work permits to five million unauthorized aliens is clearly unlawful. It is Congress that has full plenary authority on matters of naturalization or immigration (Article 1, Section 8 U.S.C.) Increasing political push back from Congress and our courts gives real hope to those wanting to save United States citizenship, sovereignty and the rule of law. The truth is this imperial executive amnesty decree is a scheme to FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM the United States into a strongman style socialist banana republic.