Today’s Immigration Headlines – May 27, 2015

Why the Fifth Circuit Ruling Is So Important

“Once again, President Obama’s unlawful amnesty push has suffered a legal blow, this time from a higher court. Yesterday the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Obama administration’s request to lift a district-court injunction against its DACA and DAPA amnesty programs. The programs will now be kept frozen until a full hearing on the merits can be held. Because it will be well into campaign season by the time this takes place, the immigration issue should again play a prominent role in this coming cycle. Crucially for immigration-enforcement advocates, the Fifth Circuit smacked down the president’s attorneys for arguing that Texas had no “legal standing” to challenge the president’s amnesty programs. Although obtaining standing to challenge the non-enforcement of our immigration laws has been a perennial problem for the public, Texas did a masterly job of structuring and arguing its case,” says Ian Smith at National Review.

Appeals Court Ruling a Defeat for Obama’s Amnesty Plan

“A federal appeals court dealt President Obama a defeat on Tuesday when it declined to lift a judge’s order blocking the president’s sweeping executive action on immigration. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a Texas judge who issued an injunction preventing the programs from going into effect. The appeals court judges ruled 2-1 that the order must stay in place,” The Hill reported.

“‘Because the government is unlikely to succeed on the merits of its appeal of the injunction, we deny the motion for stay and the request to narrow the scope of the injunction,’ the judges wrote.”

Could Court Ruling Open the Door to an Immigration Bill?

“The states’ win in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the administration’s executive order on deferred deportation is not the final word on the matter. A full consideration of the case on its merits, as well as a full appeal from the lower court’s injunction, still await. But the rebuke for the president leaves in place a stay and sends a powerful message to the executive branch,” says Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post.

“In recent weeks, we have seen that without Sen. Harry Reid (R-Nev.) as majority leader, the Senate works imperfectly— but at least it works. Bills are debated, amendments considered and large bipartisan majorities have been found on a range of issues. The president’s excuse that he cannot work with Congress, as well as Republicans’ excuse that the president will block or refuse to enforce laws they pass, both carry less force in the wake of the decision.”

Walker Remarks Target Border Insecurity

“Republican Party 2016 primary frontrunner Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Breitbart News exclusively that if the invasion of illegal aliens that’s currently swarming across America’s southern border were coming in via America’s sea ports, the government would be sending in the Navy to stop it. Instead, the federal government—despite not having to at all—chooses, he says, to leave the U.S. border with Mexico wide open,” Breitbart News wrote.

“Walker discussed with Breitbart News how on his trip to the border, officials showed to him that the list of country of origin of illegal aliens shows people from nations with terrorism ties trying to get into the U.S.”

Supreme Court Case Could Decide Issue of Counting Illegal Aliens for Apportionment

“The Supreme Court is taking up a case intended to settle if states should only count residents who are eligible to vote as opposed to the entire population when legislative districts are drawn for their state legislatures. The case, put forth by two Texas residents with funding from the organization the Project on Fair Representation, targets states with massive numbers of illegal immigrants,” the Daily Caller notes.

Immigration Court Backlog Remains High

“Immigrants already on United States soil may have to wait years to see an immigration court judge. It’s a problem that’s worse than it’s ever been, with a backlog of over 400,000 cases. In his first ever TV interview on camera, the Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) tells NBC Bay Area that only a complete overhaul by Congress will truly fix the issues plaguing the current system,” NBC Bay Area reported.

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  1. avatar Larry Brown says:

    Our Emperor/ President has hit a stone wall on his royal executive amnesty decree he handed down on 11/20/14. A three judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of appeals has thrown a monkey wrench into Obama’s master plan to ‘fundamentally transform’ America into a socialist banana republic. The panel of three judges refused to lift a stay issued by Texas federal district judge Andrew Hanen. The merits of the case against executive amnesty will have to be heard and ruled upon BEFORE any executive amnesty can be implemented. According to Obama’s scheme, by now five million ‘unauthorized aliens’ should be recieving work permits and be able to claim lucrative income tax child credits from the federal government. This is a huge victory for opponents of illegal immigration and a turning point in the battle to preserve U.S. citizenship, sovereignty, and the rule of law.

  2. avatar Leland says:

    Can there be ANY doubt that states are harmed by open border policies and failure to enforce immigration law?
    The Supreme Court has ruled that illegal children must be educated while they are here, and it’s beyond dispute that most of the parents are poor and paying little in taxes. Combine that with statistically larger families and there is no doubt the states bear the burden of the deliberate decision of the government to not enforce the law.