The old adages of “Things are bigger in Texas” and “Don’t mess with Texas” became even more emphatic when a suit by twenty six states led by former Texas Secretary General and now Governor Greg Abbott were at least partially upheld by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville.
Of course the ruling coming not only from a Judge in Texas but out of Brownsville, Texas no less makes the ruling even sweeter.
With Brownsville, Texas being well acquainted with both a legal and illegal immigration problem and neighbors to Matamoras, Mexico just the other side of the Rio Grande River, nobody can actually say this is a judge who is either prejudicial or with a lack of knowledge about the problem.
For most of us who live here in the Rio Grande Valley (both Republicans and Democrats alike) we see the problem on both sides of the border, we are compassionate, merciful and understanding for people desiring to make a better life; it appears that Judge Hanen is attempting to look at the executive order within the same light.
As a result, the Judge has not actually ruled but rather placed an injunction putting a hold on the President’s executive order while he reviews the actual order. The ruling states the injunction will remain in place until a ruling from the U.S. 5th Court of Appeals or if the Obama administration successfully argues otherwise.
The injunction came just two days before applications for consideration to the program could have been filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The Presidential order (which the President refers to as an Executive Action) would have virtually legalized five million illegal immigrants without having to go through the normal immigration process which has even many Mexican Americans and legal immigrants yelling “foul”.
In his ruling, Judge Hanen stated, “The injunction prevents all applicable agencies from implementing any expansions to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program”.
It needs to be made clear here that at this point, the Judge has not associated the president with any wrong doing, only that the potential for setting a precedent which if allowed to go forward might never be able to be withdrawn or even altered.
The precept here is that such an action could increase a risk to National Security and encourage even more attempts at illegal immigration and further damaging an ever expanding debt with no end in sight.
There are also many political pundits on both sides of the isle that believe the President’s executive order is not just a potential challenge to national security and the financial stability of the nation but it is both unfair and limited to predominately a single ethnic majority; mainly Mexican nationals who entered America illegally.
It also excludes many which are too numerous to mention within this article but an example would be: A couple who emigrates from Mexico legally returns to Mexico with the wife pregnant to visit relatives. While during the visit, the wife gives birth in Mexico; under the current law even with the executive order, the legal U.S. resident couple is flat out of luck. They can re-enter the U.S. legally but the new baby cannot.
In short, the executive order goes too far in some ways but not far enough in others which apparently the judge has acknowledged.
The United States Congress should take this opportunity to review the entire immigration law and processing system and make it fair for all.
At the same time, a thorough review should be made to re-enforce the defense of both our Southern and Northern borders as well as our coastlines of potential increasing threats not only from terrorist but a new and aggressive Russian military.
© 2014 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III