Federal judge blocks Obama immigration plan

Immigration-reform-supporters-march-in-San-Fran-AP-1For the time being, implementation of President Obama’s recent executive order on illegal immigration has been blocked by a federal district judge in Texas.

Technically, the temporary injunction issued by U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen does not address the constitutionality of Obama’s executive order; instead, it finds that the Obama administration did not fulfill the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act for 90 days of public notice and comment before the change was made.

However, in a long memo released with the injunction, Hanen made it clear that he believes the administration has overreached. As he bluntly puts it, illegal immigrants affected by the program “all fall into a category for removal, and no congressionally enacted statute gives the (Department of Homeland Security) the affirmative power to turn DAPA recipients’ illegal presence into a legal one. … The DHS secretary is not just rewriting the laws; he is creating them from scratch.”

That ruling was not unexpected; Hanen has a history of well-documented exasperation with the federal government over immigration issues, and the 26 states, including Georgia, that filed the suit in effect went judge-shopping by filing the suit in his district. There’s also a strong likelihood that the temporary injunction will be quickly reversed upon appeal to the Fifth Circuit.

But Hanen’s decision is nonetheless a real setback for the Obama administration’s efforts to implement a more compassionate immigration-enforcement policy on its own, without congressional action. At the very least, it means illegal immigrants will be much less confident about coming out of the shadows to participate in a program that may later be overturned, leaving the government with a lot of data with which to trace them.

As Hanen points out, we are in this situation largely because the legislative branch has proved itself unable to and unwilling to legislate on the issue. With more than 10 million illegal immigrants in this country and no practical means available to either remove or legalize them, that inaction has left the executive branch to try to work out an admittedly Rube Goldbergian solution on its own. He believes it has gone too far, and it is a legitimate question.I suspect that in the end, the federal judiciary will probably allow that awkward half-solution to continue. If it does not — if Hanen’s line of thinking carries the day — then we’re back to crisis mode, with serious consequences for an awful lot of people. Maybe, just maybe, that would force Congress to finally do the hard work of legislating and compromise, but I see no sign of such a miracle occurring anytime in the foreseeable future.

 

 

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AimHighVet
AimHighVet

Awwww...I guess the dem voter drive will see a decrease in new voters. That's too bad. 


On the other hand, this is great news for folks that still believe in the law and America. 


If it's bad news for democrats, it's great news for America!

Penses
Penses

A good, thoughtful column Jay.

Aztec
Aztec

Enforcing existing law that has worked for more than 100 years would be a start.


Brosephus
Brosephus

Emotion vs reason...

http://conservativebyte.com/2015/01/university-now-offering-course-problem-whiteness/

University now offering course on ‘problem of whiteness’    

Maybe if they would study how the entitlement society has ruined the black culture in America we could do something to change the ridiculous victimhood attitude that somehow justifies the mess we are in.
Check it out:

The full title of the course, being offered by the English department, is  “U.S. Race Theory and the Problem of Whiteness.

My favorite of the comments:

John K 24 days ago

The only problem with whites is that we've let the minorities and their handlers get away with everything they've done. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a declaration of war on white America, and was pushed through by your "great Americans", the Kennedys and LBJ. Since then, minorities have gotten more violent and white bodies have piled up. Blacks have waged war on whites for 50+ years, but whites are in a state of denial. When a white man tells the truth, his own people call him a racist and try to ruin him.

It's over. This is the new, 'tolerant' America, where white men waste ridiculous amounts of money to see a black thug dribble a ball and raise his fist while wearing a hoodie, and where white women spread their legs for them.

The answer to 1984 is 1776.

Remington 870 24 days ago

I am a white veteran..love my country and hate our enemies. Time for White Americans to stand up..give these Progressive a-holes the middle finger and tell them to come and get em. Stop these progressives from creating White Guilt. Never before in American History has a Fraud occupied our White House and has been allowed to stir up hatred, class envy and be supposedly elected twice into our White House.

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Now I understand why some people think I'm one of the most racist posters on the blog.  We've supposedly been at war for 50+ years, and we're taking names and kicking a**, and we've run out of pen and paper.  LOL!!!!

I guess this wouldn't be the time or place to remind some people that of all the Blacks killed by KKK members in the entire 20th Century, only one member was ever sentenced to death and executed for the murder of a Black man.  I guess by mentioning that, I'm really racist, huh?   :-)

Recon2/3
Recon2/3

@Brosephus 

Remington 870, said it well although the language was a bit over the top. I wouldn't, however, consider his comment to be that of a racist

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@Brosephus  I have said it before and I will say it again. I do not believe you are a racist, not even a bigot.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Brosephus


Bros, have I apologized for white people lately? 

After reading those comments (and needing a shower) I feel I should once again.


St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@Brosephus I heard you were part Creek. Good for you man. I can't tell you how speechless, dumbfounded mrsstsimons was to see a correlation in her work between conservatives and stunted psychosexual age/development. It started as a study on the phenomenon of the adult internet troll, but it may go much bigger than that.

Penses
Penses

@Brosephus 


LOL. After complaining about conservatives bringing up race so much last week, I guess you could not stand the silence and resort to quoting anonymous posters to (I guess) prove that raciist feelings and thoughts still exist in white people. But I could do exactly the same thing to show that they exist in black people as well. Racism, unbeknowst to many in the liberal mainstream media, is not a "white" or unilateral problem. It is a human problem.  

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@St_Simons_he-ne-ha @Brosephus 

Just as a side-note: I've read that at least 40% of all black people have Native blood, and that a sign of this is when the black person has naturally straight hair.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Brosephus 

Love your new avatar.

The academic field of "Whiteness Studies" (as it's called) is at least 10 years old and analyzes the cultural experience of being white, rather than considering whiteness as the measure of what is "normal." A good introduction is What White Looks Like, edited by George Yancy (Routledge, 2004).  At this point, the subject is academically quite established and reputable.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Silly Republicans.  Jeb Bush has already been selected as your 2016 candidate.  Try as you may, you can't shake that Bush.

honested
honested

@Numbers_R_Us 

But which of the scary knuckle draggers in the clown car will get second chair??

Doesn't matter, the best the whole ticket can do is second place.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

 famed neurosurgeon and potential 2016 Republican candidate

Oh please please please please please.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@LeftisnotRight

illegals come first......

I guess that kind of empty sloganeering is appealing to those who refer to their fellow human beings as "illegals."

The rest of us not so much.

BeeJay
BeeJay

@Visual_Cortex @LeftisnotRight Some "fellow human beings" ARE illegals.  Just as some are criminals, murderers, rapists, thieves, liars, thugs, etc.  It's a fact that some people want to ignore.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Meanwhile,  over 11 million people have signed up for affordable health insurance for 2015 thanks to PPACA.  Uneducated Republicans will claim that they're paying for insurance for "those people".  Bwah hahahahahaha!

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Numbers_R_Us 11 million signed up (how many have paid?).  Plus, over half that many (6 million) who were eligible decided to forego coverage.  And, STILL there are 30 million uninsured.

That's a dang BIG success story, so,  go ahead and toot THAT horn!

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@DownInAlbany @Numbers_R_Us And since it is such a failure in your eyes, perhaps you should not look forward to the house's 58th vote to eliminate all or part of it.  Nah.  That'd be crazy.

Joel Edge
Joel Edge

"and no practical means available to either remove"

We have an entire government agency that has (as part of its job) the task of "removing" them. The only problem is the current and past few administrations care more about their corporate buddies than they do about the citizens of this country.  Don't pi** on my leg and tell me it's raining, as the old saying goes.

lvg
lvg

Cons could solve the  problem tomorrow by ending anchor baby status at birth for children born to illegals and foreigners in the US, Instead they realy think a Judge will deport the parents who are working?

Bruno2
Bruno2

@lvg Everyone is calling for a plan.  I think we still need to define the goal first. 

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@Bruno2 @lvg  I think Obama has been clear about the goal from day one. Increase the Democrats voting base regardless of cost or consequence.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Tiberius-Constitutionus

Indeed. 

Why there is nothing right of center about pining for the good old days before businesses were required to provide service to black folks as well as white folks.


InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@Visual_Cortex @Tiberius-Constitutionus  That is a stupid pathetic and bigoted statement. I guess that is what you need to do to justify your pathetic and meager existence. I guess from now on before I address you I need to start with "Hey moron"

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@Tiberius-Constitutionus  From as far and extreme left as you are, everybody is to the right. Does not take a genius to figure that out. Which is why I am not including you in the genius category.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@InTheMiddle2 @Visual_Cortex @Tiberius-Constitutionus

That is a stupid pathetic and bigoted statement. I guess that is what you need to do to justify your pathetic and meager existence. I guess from now on before I address you I need to start with "Hey moron"

InTheMiddle, I was actually soft-peddling what you said.

What you'd posted the other week went well beyond pining for the old days; you actually came right out and stated that you didn't think businesses should be required to serve black and white folks without regard to their race.

You're re-litigating the Civil Rights Act. Just own this already, or do the right thing and admit that you're wrong.

At minimum, stop pretending to be "in the middle." Stop imagining that you can pull that one off; your posts betray a mindset that is well right of center.

td1234
td1234

"Registered voters in Georgia overwhelmingly oppose amnesty when asked about immigration’s impact on American jobs, according to a new poll.

Ninety percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Democrats said that Americans “should get the future jobs in Georgia” prior to the hiring of foreign workers.

Only 5.3 percent of Republicans say jobs should go to the cheapest workers, either Americans or foreign. This compares to 12.8 percent of Democrats and 16.2 percent of independents who say the same."

Bruno2
Bruno2

@moonbat_betty My Deadhead buddy, who doesn't like anyone but the Dead, always gave Tom Petty a nod for not jumping around on stage or using a bunch of props.  He lets the music do the talking.

Bruno2
Bruno2

Here's an 80s memory for you, betty:  Watching the Playboy channel all scrambled up, hoping to catch a clear boob shot here and there.  ; > }

Bruno2
Bruno2

@moonbat_betty I've been listening to the 80s station on XM radio the past few days.  They have all of the MTV V-jays working as DJs.

Bruno2
Bruno2

@moonbat_betty I'm embarrassed to mention how many times I saw The Breakfast Club.  They used to run it on TBS all the time.