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Knocked Back: Judge Halts Obama ‘Executive Action’ on Immigration

21st Century Wire says…

This one was in the cards…

Before Christmas we saw U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Schwab rule in the case of Honduran immigrant Elionardo Juarez-Escobar, a drunk driver who was charged in federal court with “unlawful re-entry” into the US – effectively nullifying part of Obama big executive power grab over immigration.

“President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore, is unconstitutional,” Schwab wrote in his 38-page opinion (posted here). “President Obama’s November 20, 2014 Executive Action goes beyond prosecutorial discretion because: (a) it provides for a systematic and rigid process by which a broad group of individuals will be treated differently than others based upon arbitrary classifications, rather than case-by-case examination; and (b) it allows undocumented immigrants, who fall within these broad categories,  obtain substantive rights.”

Round two (see report below) has deemed Obama’s unconstitutional override as just short of ‘illegal’.

Expect the partisan wars in Washington to get even uglier in the coming months…

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Elise Foley
Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Monday that will temporarily prevent the Obama administration from moving forward with its executive actions on immigration while a lawsuit against the president works its way through the courts.

The order, by Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court in Brownsville, Texas, was an early stumble for the administration in what will likely be a long legal battle over whether President Barack Obama overstepped his constitutional authority with the wide-reaching executive actions on immigration he announced last November.

While the injunction does not pronounce Obama’s actions illegal, it prevents the administration from implementing them until the court rules on their constitutionality.

The federal government is expected to appeal the ruling.

The impact of the order will be felt almost immediately: One of Obama’s actions is set to take effect on Feb. 18. On that day, the administration was set to begin accepting applications for an expanded version of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. DACA allows undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to stay in the country and work legally.

Now, newly eligible immigrants seeking to apply will be unable to do so while the lawsuit is pending. The administration will also be unable to move forward, for now, with a DACA-like program created under Obama’s executive actions. That program confers similar relief to undocumented immigrants who are parents of legal permanent residents or of U.S. citizens.

Hanen, who was appointed to the court by former President George W. Bush, said in the ruling that the 26 states who brought the suit had standing to do so, and indicated he was sympathetic to their arguments.

The lawsuit against the executive actions was filed in December. Texas is leading the effort, joined by Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

According to the suit, Obama’s executive actions violate the Constitution, and allowing them to move forward would cause “dramatic and irreparable injuries” to the plaintiff states.

“This lawsuit is not about immigration,” the complaint reads. “It is about the rule of law, presidential power, and the structural limits of the U.S. Constitution.”…

Continue this story at Huffington Post

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