Immigration reform news 2015: GOP, Court kill Obama executive order, no hope left
President Barack Obamaâ€™s immigration reform has suffered a serious jolt. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans has rejected the request from White House to lift the courtâ€™s earlier injunction.
This means that at least, for now, President Obamaâ€™s executive action is dead and that there is no chance of it being allowed to be implemented in the next few weeks or even months.
There is no denying the fact that it is not just a body blow for President Obama, but for millions of those undocumented immigrants who were hoping to get long-term relief by the US government. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans quashed request from White House to lift an injunction, practically shutting the door for the implementation of Obamaâ€™s executive law.
Republicans are feeling ecstatic over the latest development. As many as 26 Republican states had ganged up against the Obamaâ€™s executive order that Obama had issued in November last year to overcome Senate and Congress roadblocks in implementing his immigration reform bill. But a Texas court issued an emergency injunction until a trial on its legality could be held.
Democrat officials have said that the ruling was unjustified. One of the top House Democrats Nancy Pelosi said the court’s decision to uphold the injunction was “a disappointing delay of a clear outcome.” She went on to add, â€œNow is the time to restore fairness to our immigration system and honor the best traditions of our country by passing comprehensive immigration reformâ€.
John Boehner, the Republican House Speaker who had given his assurance for immigration reform bill two years ago welcomed the court ruling. He said that President Obama did not have the authority to issue the executive order in the first place. In a statement he said, â€œHouse Republicans are leading the fight to rein in President Obama’s executive overreach and uphold our Constitution, and we will continue to follow this case closelyâ€.
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