Three Judge Panel Stalls President Obama's Immigration Plan

May 27, 2015

President Obama's efforts to provide some type of immigration relief to the millions of undocumented aliens hit a detour yesterday as the federal appeals court refused to allow the administrative plan to proceed. Three judges from the District 5, U.S. Court of Appeals in  New Orleans voted 2 - 1 to refuse a stay to an order that blocked the action.

In November 2014 President Obama introduced executive action to halt deportations of some categories of undocumented aliens. This was a response to the do-nothing Congress had failed to act on immigration reform.

The executive action was challenged in court by Texas and 25 other conservative states that claimed that the action was unconstitutional.

From The Boston Herald:
A three-judge panel yesterday refused to allow President Obama’s amnesty plan — which shields up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation — to take effect. The plan had been on hold since a Texas judge issued a preliminary injunction against it in February. 
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton earlier this month called for an even broader amnesty plan that would include a path to citizenship for parents of what liberals call “Dreamers” — children illegally brought to the United States at an early age who have usually gone through public schools.
White House spokesperson, Brandi Hoffine made clear that the Obama Administration disagreed with the ruling. The Obama Administration will file an appeal:
"As the powerful dissent from Judge [Stephen] Higginson recognizes, President Obama's immigration executive actions are fully consistent with the law," said White House spokesperson Brandi Hoffine. 
"The president's actions were designed to bring greater accountability to our broken immigration system, grow the economy, and keep our communities safe." Hoffine said Obama's action are "squarely within the bounds of his authority" and are "the right thing to do" for the nation. 
"Fifteen states and the District of Columbia, business leaders, local law enforcement and elected officials, educators, faith leaders, legal scholars, and others have all asked the courts to allow these actions to move forward, given the important economic and public safety benefits," she said.


Anonymous said...

Yay!! Good news.

Anonymous said...

Sad day in history.

Anonymous said...

Good to see that the rule of law still carries the day. If it goes before the supremes remember the supreme court leads the Obama administration with 9 wins to Obama's 0. I think even the Administration realizes that they have tried to hard, they decided not to appeal this loss to the full 5th CCA. Doesn't matter how much you want something to happen, if you don't do it correctly, i.e. lawfully, it ain't never going to happen. As for DAPA and the expansion of DACA, it doesn't exist now and most likely won't before the next president is elected. That is good news for all American Citizens and none more so than the 90 million who are unable to find meaningful employment..

Anonymous said...

The President’s executive order was to protect DACA and immediate relatives of DACA or DAPA from deportations. They are all known as some categories of unauthorized aliens in US. CW workers in CNMI are legal. More than 98% CW workers are long-term aliens legally working in U.S Commonwealth of the Northern Marina Islands. They have been in U.S soil for more than a decade. If Mr. Kilili-CNMI-Washington DC rep introduces a single immigration bill to U.S congress to allow these people to have U.S permanent resident cards, it is believed that both U.S Republicans and Democrats will happily pass this legislation to have it signed by U.S president. It will bring a great reputation to Mr. Kilili’s office and U.S Territories. So many appreciation letters Mr. Kilili and CNMI may get from the entire U.S nations and the rest of the world. What is CNMI GETTING SCARD OF? Stop supporting “human exploitations” and help to have a permanent and strong CNMI workforce and provide “Freedom to these devoted foreign workers in CNMI”. Does someone know the history why the Reps of U.S Territories are considered as “Non-voting delegates in U.S Congress”? The Reps need to open their hearts to show the rest of the world that they are open to welcome newcomers in their place, so they may get considered to be “Voting delegates in U.S congress”.

Anonymous said...

In the first paragraph it should be "5th Circuit" vice "District 5".

Anonymous said...

Immigration is a carryover attitude from an earlier time in our history. Is it really a good practice to allow an unchecked flood of people into another country or grant them "amnesty" after having broken a LAW? I argue it does more harm than good if not controlled. You have to ask the bigger question as to why people leave their home countries in the first place? To me, that is the main issue. If people believe they can escape their circumstances, those circumstances will never change. Darwin theory should be observed in all of this. It is the more ambitious and productive people that leave their homelands for better opportunities - so what does that leave behind? If you want to solve this issue, then work to improve the quality of life for all people IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES. Until then, I would like to add that if immigrants, illegal or otherwise, want to come to the U.S., then I demand the same treatment from the countries they have came from. Just look at the immigration requirements for U.S. citizens if they want to work, live, or retire in the Philippines. I say ditto to the Filipinos when you come to U.S. soil. That goes for every other country as well. Don't place restrictions on me going to your country, then expect your citizens to slip into my country and get some special treatment.
Wendy, I hope you respect my freedom of speech.

Wendy Doromal said...


The vast (like 98%) majority of the nonresidents workers in the CNMI are law abiding de facto citizens. They built the CNMI and keep its economy afloat. They were INVITED to work in the CNMI. The CNMI does not have enough local workers to fill all of the jobs. Most have been in the islands more than 5 years, working and annually renewing their contracts. The majority of the legal, nonresident workers worked 10, 15, 20 or more years in the CNMI. These people deserve a pathway to citizenship.