Obama wants the 5 million illegal immigrants in America to stay in America, but millions of people say “not so fast, Mr. President.” Immigration is a hot topic these days, and it’s getting hotter thanks to a federal judge in Houston. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville evidently has reason to put a hold on the administration’s policy to keep illegals in the country. The Justice Department has an appeal in place with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to lift the injunction. That decision will come sometime in April.
Hanen said there was no reason to implement Obama’s plan right away. Facebook suggests that’s known as legal stalling. The judge evidently believes the immigrants should be sent home based on the legal research he’s done on the subject, but that research was never mentioned in his ruling.
There is a coalition of 26 states that want to send these people home, and that group is led by the state of Texas so there is some doubt about the judge’s position on the subject. The legal battle will continue, but the physical outcome is already in progress. The immigrants will be hard to catch and send back, and the government knows that.