President Barack Obama is facing another hurdle in his bed to radically change the immigration rules in the United States with a federal judge blocking plans.
According to a report by Reuters the federal judge from Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s plan to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Reuters explained that ruling in favour of some two dozen U.S. states opposed to the administration’s plan, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, said in a decision posted on the Los Angeles Times website that the administration had failed to comply with procedure.
President Obama announced in November his controversial plans to help immigrants who are living in the United States illegally to gain legal status. This would effectively mean that around 4.7 million illegal immigrants would be lifted from the threat of deportation. While for many the proposals are positive, for the majority of Republicans the plans were seen as totally unacceptable.
In a bid to allow the plans to proceed forward, President Obama bypassed the Republican run Congress using his executive authority to do so.
The immigration programme would not allow just any illegal immigrants to gain legal entry to the country, it is specifically aimed at allowing the millions of people who have children who are considered to be US citizens, to stay in the country with their children.
According to Reuters, some 26 states, led by Texas and its Republican governor, Greg Abbott, sued the administration to halt the programmes, arguing Obama’s orders violated U.S. constitutional limits on his powers. They requested an injunction to block the programs from going into force while the legal process played out.
“Judge Hanen’s decision rightly stops the president’s overreach in its tracks,” Abbott, who took to Twitter to laud the ruling, said in a statement.
“The president’s attempt to by-pass the will of the American people was successfully checked today.”
While the use of the executive power by President Obama has outraged Republicans, the White House is clear in backing the president who they say used his power legitimately.
The issue of immigration is to prove a crucial one during the upcoming elections in 2016 with it being a reason to vote against Democrats by strong Republican voters, while the large Hispanic and immigrant groups are likely to back the Democrats all the way on this issue that affects their communities directly.