Obama Immigration Order Halted By Federal Court

President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration was halted by court order of a federal judge yesterday. The executive order on immigration signed by the president on Nov. 20 of this year was halted by a federal court in Texas.

“In an order filed on Monday, the judge, Andrew S. Hanen of Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas, in Brownsville, prohibited the Obama administration from carrying out programs the president announced on Nov. 20 that would offer protection from deportation and work permits to as many as five million undocumented immigrants,” the New York Times reported today.

The White House announced it would appeal Judge Hanen’s decision to halt Obama’s executive order on immigration. The ruling orders the administration to suspend any implementation of the programs signed by the Obama on Nov. 20.

“The court finds that the government’s failure to secure the border has exacerbated illegal immigration into this country,” the New York Times reported Judge Hanen as writing.

“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.”

In striking down the Obama executive order on immigration, Judge Hanen ordered the program halted, finding the executive actions of the president illegal.

“United States District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled late Monday night to block executive actions Obama took late last year to shield as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. In delaying the ruling, Hanen halted Obama’s executive action, ruling that the administration had failed to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act, which calls for the White House to afford a longer notification and comment period before taking action,” CNN reported today.

The White House reacted to the ruling that halted Obama’s executive order on immigration, stating, “The district court’s decision wrongly prevents these lawful, commonsense policies from taking effect.”

Judge Hanen’s ruling that halted Obama’s immigration order was reported earlier today by the Inquisitr.

“The Obama administration has been stopped from carrying out policies announced after the November elections. An order filed on Monday by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, sued the administration along with other states,” the Inquisitr reported about about the ruling that halted the immigration order signed by President Obama.

The legal outcome of Obama’s order on immigration remains uncertain, with a likely appeal of Judge Hanen’s decision by the White House. While the immigration order is halted today, the issue may ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

[Image of President Obama from the New York Times]