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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Courts Stand Up Against Obama

This rarely happens, but both a district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit have stood up against an attempt by the Obama Administration to open our borders in a way that Congress never authorized. President Obama has repeatedly circumvented the laws of Congress, and it is long overdue for courts to block his improper orders.

After losing badly in the midterm elections in 2014, Obama created a program called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, also known as “DAPA.” He also expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as “DACA”. The DACA program, also called “executive amnesty,” prevents the deportation of most of the young men who are illegal aliens, and allows them to take jobs in our country. These two programs would grant more than five million illegal aliens a new right to remain here and get drivers’ licenses.

Congress never authorized this violation of our immigration laws, and President Obama should not have done this on his own. After the initial announcement of DACA back in 2012, hundreds of thousands of young men began showing up uninvited on our southern border, in an attempt to get into America. More than five million illegal aliens could receive work permits under these Obama programs, which take jobs from Americans and bring in a rush of illegal aliens. Fortunately, more than half the states, led by Texas, sued to stop this.

A courageous federal district judge, Andrew Hanen, ruled against the Obama Administration. On appeal, the Fifth Circuit affirmed the injunction against Obama to block him from implementing these programs. Our Constitution says that Congress makes our country’s laws, not the president, and the laws passed by Congress do not allow “executive amnesty.” The Obama Administration has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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