Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5th Circuit Court of Appeals: Obama's 2014 Immigration Actions to Remain Blocked

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 1:36 PM

The 5th Circuit  Court of Appeals has denied the Obama administration's emergency appeal, asking to unblock the president's 2014 immigration executive actions—deferred action for parents, or DAPA, and the extension to his 2012 relief for young immigrants brought here as kids, DACA.

A federal judge in Texas issued the temporary injunction in February, saying both programs should freeze, while a lawsuit against the feds on behalf of 26 states concludes in the courts. (Texas, Arizona and 24 others hope to kill both those programs for good.)

From a New York Times piece:
Two of three judges on a penal of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, left in place an injunction by a federal district judge in Brownsville, Tex. The ruling comes in a lawsuit by 26 states against actions President Obama took in November. Many of the initiatives were scheduled to take effect this month. (Last week, the same day applications could have been accepted for DAPA, undocumented parents in Tucson joined protests happening around the country demanding the court to lift the block to DAPA and extended DACA. I wrote about it here.)

The appeals court found that Texas and the other states did have sufficient legal grounds to bring the lawsuit and that the administration had not shown it would be harmed if the injunction remained in place and the programs were further delayed.
But this isn't the final word. The court in Texas is reportedly set to hear arguments on the lawsuit the week of July 6.

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