Olens, Perdue laud court action blocking immigration order

[private]A federal appeals court in New Orleans has blocked President Obama’s executive orders that would defer deportation proceedings against several million undocumented immigrants.

By a 2-1 vote, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction issued by a federal judge in Texas that prevents the Obama administration from carrying out the executive orders on immigration.

The executive orders affected by the court decision are the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, one of several state officials who opposed Obama’s actions on immigration, said he was “pleased” with the appeals court ruling.

“We are a nation built on laws, and the president simply does not have the power to bypass Congress and single-handedly change the law to achieve his policy goals,” Olens said.

“There is no question that immigration reform is needed, but it must be accomplished in accordance with the constitution,” Olens said. “This conduct by our federal government is nothing short of appalling.”

U.S. Sen. David Perdue also lauded the court’s ruling, which the Obama administration is expected to appeal to the Supreme Court.

“Once again, a federal court has reaffirmed that President Obama’s executive amnesty was unlawful and unacceptable overreach,” Perdue said. “We must stop the president’s abuse of power before his imperial presidency does any more damage to our country.”

Georgia joined with 25 other states in filing a federal lawsuit in Texas that attempts to prevent the executive orders from being implemented.

U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Texas issued the injunction in February to block the programs.

The judges on the Court of Appeals who voted to uphold that injunction were Judge Jerry Smith, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod, an appointee of George W. Bush. Judge Stephen A. Higginson, who was appointed by Obama, dissented from the ruling.

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