The White House announced that it will file a request with a Texas court to lift its temporary order that blocks immigration reform. The case filed in the Texas court involves Texas and 25 other states. The Obama administration’s immigration orders that were created in November would protect roughly 4 million people from being deported and allow them to have 3-year work permits.
The programs that the Texas Court halted included the expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans. It does not affect current legislation in these areas. Neither of these programs can move forward until the injunction that the Texas court imposed is either lifted or the case is fully resolved on its merits. The underlying issue is whether the President’s executive powers extend as far as he has attempted to use them regarding immigration.
What the White House is asking with their new request is to allow the legislation to have effect until he case is resolved. That would allow millions of people to stay in the United States at least until the dispute is ultimately resolved. Otherwise, they will have to be deported under the current laws.
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