Obama says both the law and history are on his side
The President issued an executive order to circumvent a Republican-controlled congress and instill measures to protect some four million undocumented immigrants from deportation. However, last week a Texas judge issued an emergency injunction, stalling the order that would have come into effect Feb. 18.
“This is not the first time a lower court judge has blocked something or attempted to block something that was ultimately shown to be lawful,” said Obama about the injunction.
“I think that the law is on our side and history is on our side, we are going to appeal it.”
Federal judge Andrew Hanen was pressed to intervene by 26 different states, 24 of which are Republican-governed, that claimed Obama’s act was unlawful.
“It is far preferable to have the legality of these actions determined before the fates of over four million individuals are decided,” ruled the US District Court judge, from Brownsville, Texas.
With an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, immigration is sure to be a hot topic heading into the 2016 presidential elections.
Obama’s executive ordered will allow some of these undocumented immigrants to come forward, if they have not committed any serious crimes, and have children who are American citizens or residents.
Obama is also pushing for new immigration reform that will create millions of new voters, most of which are likely to vote democrat.
“This is something that we necessarily have to make choices about,” Obama said to congress last week.
“We have 11 million people here who we’re not all going to deport.”
Conservative Republicans are largely opposed to Obama’s reform plans, condemning it as “amnesty” for those who have entered the country illegally.
“The president said 22 times he did not have the authority to take the very action on immigration he eventually did, so it is no surprise that at least one court has agreed,” said Republican House Speaker John Boehner.
Advocates for immigration reform were confident that the executive order would be ruled legal, although there is concern that the legal dispute could make those the bill is targeting nervous to come forward.
“We are confident that the courts will ultimately side with the scores of legal experts, state leaders, city officials, and law enforcement leaders who say that these immigration iniatives are both in full compliance with law and deeply beneficial to our communities, society, and country,” said Marielena Hincapie of the National Immigration Law Center.
Obama’s recent usage of the presidential executive order will likely remain as a key issue until the 2016 election. The President has issued many such orders dealing with a variety of issues, such as North Korea sanctions, abortion, anti-gun violence, and the environment.
“President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration poses a clear and present danger to our constitution,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte.
“We cannot allow one man to nullify the law of the land with either a stroke of his pen or a phone call.”
Executive orders have been used extensively by nearly all previous presidents. Franklin Roosevelt used them during World War II to create internment camps, and Abraham Lincoln used them to set out Emancipation Proclamation.