Texas Governor Greg Abbott today Tuesday, Feb. 17 tweeted that, “A Federal Judge has just granted my request to halt Obama’s Executive Amnesty Order nationwide.” Abbott, who filed his request while still serving as Texas Attorney General, further said, “President Obama abdicated his responsibility to uphold the United States Constitution when he attempted to circumvent the laws passed by Congress via executive fiat, and Judge Haney’s decison rightly stops the President’s overreach in it tracks. We live in a nation governed by a system of checks and balances, and the President’s attempt to by-pass the will of the American people was successfully checked today. The District Court’s ruling is very clear….it prevents the President from implementing the policies in all aspects.”
According to the Austin American-Statesman, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the ruling just after 10:15 p.m. Monday. Abbott actually filed the suit on Dec. 3 on behalf of the Lone Star State. Twenty five other states have now joined Abbott’s leadership on what has become a national issue.
The ruling was made by federal judge Andrew S. Hanen of the Brownsville federal district court. One effect of this dramatic ruling is that it will prevent agencies from expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Some of the wording of Hanen’s ruling is that an injunction will remain in effect until a trial before the U.S.Fifth Court of Appeals.
Obama responded that lower court rulings were frequently overruled by the higher courts. He refused to concede defeat on the hard fought issue.
Five million illegal aliens could be affected by this ruling.
Hansen found that, absent his order, the states will suffer “irreparable harm in this case,” according to Jonathan Turley.
The federal judge in southern Texas further wrote, “The court finds that the government’s failure to secure the border exacerbated illegal immigration into this country……Further, the record supports the funding that this lack of enforcement, combined with the country’s high rate of illegal immigration, significantly drains the states’ resources.”
The case will probably continue climbing the appellate ladder to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.
Current Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said U.S. District Judge Hannen’s ruling is a win for “the rule of law in America.”
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn said Tuesday that the ruling “reinforces” what he and others have claimed, “that President Obama acted outside the law.”
Fellow Texas Senator and candidate for president Ted Cruz said, the decision was a “HUGE victory for the rule of law.”
Abbott is the first native of Wichita Falls elected governor of Texas.
Abbott appeared on Fox News yesterday and discussed the court’s ruling.