Regardless what happens in the fight over the budget for the Department of Homeland Security, President Obama’s controversial executive amnesty policy may be coming to a swift end.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen from Texas slapped down a decision that has essentially rendered the policy moot. He opined that executive amnesty represents “irreparable harm” to the states, according to APNews.
The case under consideration is the suit brought by the coalition of 26 states, led by Texas, in which the states requested an immediate injunction against the White House on implementation of the policy.
The Texas-led coalition of states includes 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, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Attorneys for the coalition argued that it would be “difficult or impossible to undo the President’s lawlessness after the Defendants start granting applications for deferred action.”
Judge Hanen agreed with the coalition stating that “the genie would be impossible to put back into the bottle.” The White House immediately responded, “The district court’s decision wrongly prevents these lawful, commonsense policies from taking effect.”
It is anticipated by most that the Obama administration will appeal the judge’s decision to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals which may ultimately take the case to the Supreme Court.