‘Divisive‘ describes the current political climate in America, as yet another lawsuit against the Obama Administration has begun.
One-half of the United States of America openly opposes the ‘mass amnesty decree’ of their leader, Barack Obama, and those states are represented in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obama’s action in Judge Andrew Hanen’s federal courtroom in Brownsville, Texas. Opening statements were presented on January 15, 2015.
The 25 states suing the Obama Administration are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Texas Attorney General and Governor-elect Greg Abbott filed the lawsuit on December 3, 2014, challenging Obama’s power to grant legal status to illegal immigrants and requesting a temporary injunction to block Obama’s November action. At that time, Abbott issued a statement which included the following explanation:
The President is abdicating his responsibility to faithfully enforce laws that were duly enacted by Congress and attempting to rewrite immigration laws, which he has no authority to do – something the President himself has previously admitted.
The federal lawsuit seeks an injunction against Barack Obama; Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General; Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; R. Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner; Leon Ridriguez, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director; Ronald D. Vitiello, U.S. Border Patrol Deputy Chief; and Thomas S. Winkowski, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director.
In both unity and opposition, numerous organizations and elected officials are also engaged in the Brownsville, Texas, federal lawsuit to block Obama’s recent immigration action.
The 25 states claim that they will suffer and have ‘standing’ because they are being forced to pay billions of dollars for healthcare, education, law enforcement costs, legal procedures and for the process of providing driver’s licenses. Allowing work authorization for illegal immigrants qualifies them to receive disability and unemployment insurance.
In a Washington Times article, Obama amnesty to qualify 2 million illegal immigrants for tax breaks, benefits, Stephen Dinan explains a CBO report which was just released by the defense in the Brownsville hearing. Dinan states, “More than 2 million illegal immigrants will be approved for President Obama’s deportation amnesty over the next few years, and they will be eligible to collect Social Security and Medicare benefits as well as claim a special tax break for low-income families, the Congressional Budget Office said in an analysis Thursday.”
The cost of Obama’s November immigration action varies among states. Mark Brnovich, Attorney General in Arizona, stated this week on Foxnews that granting legal status to illegal immigrants in his state would apply to 120,000 immigrants.
Summarizing the January 15th Brownsville hearing, AP Reporter Juan A. Lozano, stated in reference to Judge Hanen,
He gave no indication on how he would rule, stating at the start of the hearing his courtroom would not be a “complaint department” for someone’s problems with the executive branch. He said the case is “an area of legitimate debate.”
While Judge Hanen did not issue a ruling at the Thursday hearing, he set a deadline for a brief in the case. Judge Hanen is expected to rule in February, 2015, on the request for a temporary injunction to block Obama’s action to grant legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.
Obama’s plan for accepting illegal immigrant applications begins around the middle of February, 2015. ‘Mass confusion’ could result from Obama’s immigration action which was not initiated or approved by the U.S. Congress. Illegal immigrants may be leary of signing forms, fearing that they might be arrested and deported for signing the forms.
Another immigration case, which was recently heard in U.S. District Judge Hanen’s court in Brownsville, Texas, is Taitz vs. Johnson. Attorney and dentist, Dr. Orly Taitz, is requesting an order to temporarily restrain the U.S. government from transporting illegal immigrants to other states from the U.S.-Mexico border invasion and also requests that the immigrants be either immediately deported or quarantined for two months due to reported cases of diseases. Taitz asks for an order from the court “to either turn around and deport illegal aliens caught by the border patrol” or “a written medical release, criminal record from the countries of origin and an order by the immigration/deportation judge finding legal basis for U.S. residency, prior to release of such illegal aliens into the general population.”
Dr. Taitz claims ‘standing’ due to medical problems which resulted from treating illegal immigrants at her dental office in California.
The last hearing for Taitz’ case was October 29, 2014, and a decision from U.S. District Judge Hanen is expected soon.
For the past year, polls have shown that the majority of Americans rank ‘illegal immigration’ as a top priority and object to supporting illegal immigrants. Regardless, Obama’s recent action suspends deportation of illegal immigrants and provides access to jobs, driver’s licenses, healthcare, education, legal services and other benefits, such as disability and unemployment insurance — to be paid by U.S. citizens.