A federal appeals court dealt a severe and possibly fatal blow Monday to President Obama’s executive actions to allow up to 5 million immigrants living illegally in the United States to stay and obtain work permits.This ruling by the Appeals Court actually expands the rather technical grounds relied upon by Andrew Hanen in his initial initial ruling. While the Appeals Court called Hanen's ruling "impressive," it critically expanded the battlefield to discuss President Obama's lack of legal authority for his actions.
The decision by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals may have come too late for the administration to appeal to the Supreme Court and win a reversal before Obama leaves office.
In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court sided with Texas and 25 other states that had sued to block Obama’s programs, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA, and an extension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
[Appeals court rules Obama can't block deportations of 5 million people, by David Savage, Brian Bennett, and Molly Hennessy, Los Angeles Times, November 9, 2015]
The 5th Circuit opinion actually goes further than Hanen's, holding not just the administration took shortcuts with procedural rules, but that Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson lacked the legal authority for their actions. [Judge] Smith said the Immigration and Naturalization Act simply doesn't confer the power the administration is claiming.Republicans celebrated the ruling, mostly, one suspects, because it saved them the responsibility of having to do anything. Yet even as the courts (for once) acted in defense of the rule of law, cringing mooncalf and new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan decided now is the perfect time to open the floodgates to more low skilled immigration.
[Appeals court keeps block on Obama immigration actions, by Josh Gerstein and Seung Min Kim, Politico, November 9, 2015]
The first immigration bill introduced under Rep. Paul Ryan’s speakership Wednesday would bypass the annual 66,000 cap on H-2B work visas by allowing foreigners admitted in any of the three previous years to remain and not be subject to the cap.This is literally the first thing this traitor did as Speaker. If Obama decides to disregard the Court and push forward with his amnesty, something tells me Ryan won't do much to resist.
Critics say it will lead to more competition for what are often middle-class American jobs and will eventually lead to more illegal immigrants as the foreign workers overstay their visas.
The H-2B is considered a “seasonal” work permit for lower-skilled workers such as cooks, construction workers, hospitality, theme park employment, maintenance, forestry, seafood processing, cruise ship employees and truck driving among many other jobs.
[House GOP seeks flood of foreign 'guest workers,' by Leo Hohmann, WND, November 8, 2015]