A federal appeals court Tuesday denied a second request from the Obama administration to allow his executive order granting exemption from deportation and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.
Two of three judges on a New Orleans Appeals Court upheld a March Texas District court ruling that the executive order must not be implemented until a lawsuit filed by 26 states against the Department of Homeland Security is decided.
Judge Andrew Hanen stayed Obama’s executive order in February, and denied a March request from the Justice Department to lift the hold. (RELATED: Judge Wants New Judicial Investigation Into Obama’s Secret Amnesty)
The appeals court found Texas and the other states bringing the suit do have sufficient legal grounds, and that the Obama administration will not be harmed by the hold on his executive actions.
“Because the government is unlikely to succeed on the merits of its appeal of the injunction, we deny the motion for stay,” the court ruled.
Although the DOJ told the Texas court the executive order in question would not be implemented until Feb. 18 — two days after Hanen ordered a hold on implementation — the DOJ admitted in March it had already issued amnesty to 100,000 illegal immigrants. (RELATED: Obama Hid 100,000 Amnesty Approval From Texas Judge)
So when Hanen refused to lift the hold in March, he also ordered the DOJ to produce all documents and metadata regarding what the DOJ knew about the implementation plan and when. (RELATED: Here’s How Much Taxpayer Money Illegals Will Receive Via Obama’s Amnesty)
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