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Published On: Tue, Feb 17th, 2015

Obama administration attacks states suing over immigration executive order

The Obama administration is speaking out against the ruling of a Texas judge who said the president exceeded his legal authority with his immigration orders of last year.

“The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws — which is exactly what the President did when he announced commonsense policies to help fix our broken immigration system,” said a statement from White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

photo Pearson Scott Foresman

photo Pearson Scott Foresman

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction against Obama actions that would defer deportations for as many as 5 million people who are in the country illegally.

Hanen said Obama basically changed immigration law on his own, placing a new financial burden on states, addressiong a coalition of states claiming they’d be adversely effected by the orders.

The court finds that the government’s failure to secure the border has exacerbated illegal immigration into this country,” Hanen wrote. “Further, the record supports the finding that this lack of enforcement, combined with the country’s high rate of illegal immigration, significantly drains the states’ resources.”

“The genie would be impossible to put back into the bottle,” he wrote, adding that he agreed that legalizing the presence of millions of people is a “virtually irreversible” action.

The Obama administration plans to appeal Hanen’s ruling.

The Texas decision is the latest step in a series of legal battles that may land the case up at the U.S. Supreme Court.

In his Tuesday statement, Earnest said the president’s immigration policies “are consistent with the laws passed by Congress and decisions of the Supreme Court, as well as five decades of precedent by presidents of both parties who have used their authority to set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws.”

Citing an array of attorneys who say Obama is acting within his legal authority, Earnest said that “top law enforcement officials, along with state and local leaders across the country, have emphasized that these policies will also benefit the economy and help keep communities safe.”

He added: “The district court’s decision wrongly prevents these lawful, commonsense policies from taking effect and the Department of Justice has indicated that it will appeal that decision.”

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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