President Barack Obama’s Immigration Plan to help more than 5 million undocumented immigrants and avoid their deportation before he leaves office in 2017 has seen another defeat. This time, the appeals court refused to let the program begin while 26 states fight to stop it, says Bloomberg.
No support from the U.S. Court of Appeals
Obama’s Immigration Plan has suffered another blow as the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans said a federal judge’s ruling blocking the plan was “impressive and thorough” and that the 26 states that are opposing it, led by Texas, would probably win the lawsuit in the end, according to the same source.
The program was set to begin in February, but then a judge in Brownsville, Texas, showed that the White House missed some required federal policy making steps, and so he stopped the Immigration Plan hours before it could received applications. Richard Murray, a pollster and political science professor at the University of Houston, said in an interview for Bloomberg that the Monday’s appeals court decision “has pretty effectively closed down any meaningful chance of immigration reform before Obama leaves office”.
U.S Supreme Court could have the solution
Still, the White House may take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but then further delays would likely put the Immigration Plan further onto center stage in the 2016 presidential race.
Paul Ryan, newly elected Speaker, said House Republicans won’t be offering legislation on Immigration Plan, as they see Obama an unreliable partner because he had tried to bypass Congress with executive orders, confirms the same source.
“Immigration has already become a huge issue; I think it will be a wedge issue in the presidential campaign.”, said professor Murray, indicating that the high court’s four Democratic appointees could vote to take the case, but this won’t happen until next summer, when the presidential campaign will be underway.