An emergency court order could process illegal immigrants and thus make it harder to enforce an overturn of the executive overreach.
The Executive Branch, including the Department of Justice, wants an emergency court order. What do you think are the chances they won’t get one?
I understand that the Obama Administration disagrees with the judge’s ruling. But what makes that an emergency? Why not simply appeal the decision and argue in court? What is the need for an immediate suspension of the judge’s order?
The Hill reports,
Officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ) plan to seek what is known as an emergency stay that would essentially undo a Texas-based federal judge’s injunction from earlier this week. If the stay is granted, the government could restart a pair of executive programs that will shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said DOJ will file for the stay by “Monday at the latest.”
The emergency stay had been sought by immigrant rights advocates, who want to get the programs up and running as soon as possible while the appeals process plays out.
“We — as immigrants and as Americans — have waited for nearly a quarter century for these much-needed improvements to our broken immigration system,” Marielena Hincapié, head of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), said Friday in a statement. “We should not allow a flawed legal decision to delay these changes any longer.”
Making good on earlier vows, DOJ will also file a separate appeal seeking to restart the executive programs.
“We will seek that appeal because we believe when you evaluate the legal merits of the arguments, that there is a solid legal foundation for the president to take the steps he announced last year to help reform our immigration system,” Earnest said.
At issue are two new initiatives launched unilaterally by Obama on Nov. 20.
The first expands eligibility for the president’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which halts deportations and allows work permits for certain undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. The second, known as DAPA, would extend similar benefits to the parents of U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents.
Combined, the programs could affect as many as 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally.
From this report I think it is obvious what the “emergency” is: it is that they need to start getting those five million illegal aliens processed, so that it becomes embarrassing and difficult to reverse the process later on.
The fact is, the situation we had was only an “emergency” to Democrats and Chamber of Commerce Republicans. If the nation actually felt that it was an emergency, there wouldn’t be such resistance to the process in Congress. The whole reason Obama had to resort to an executive order was to shove a minority opinion down the throats of the majority of Americans.