The Obama administration will try for the third time Friday to convince a federal appeals court to let his executive amnesty move forward.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is set to hear oral arguments on whether the hold on the executive order granting exemption from deportation and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants will stand, reported The Wall Street Journal.
The order, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) would exempt about four million illegal immigrants from deportation who are parents. Another part of the order expands Obama’s 2012 executive order, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which temporarily exempted young illegal immigrants from deportation. (RELATED: Appeals Court Refuses To Let Obama’s Amnesty Move Forward)
The 26 states bringing the lawsuit contend Obama overstepped his authority by unilaterally granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.
Texas Judge Andrew Hanen stayed implementation of the order in February, but soon after found the Justice Department had misled the court about the details of the implementation plan.
The Justice Department told the court the executive order would not be implemented until Feb. 18 — two days after Hanen ordered a hold on implementation — but then admitted in March it had already issued amnesty to 100,000 illegal immigrants.
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: Judge Wants New Judicial Investigation Into Obama’s Secret Amnesty)
The federal appeals court then denied another attempt to get the hold lifted in May. It’s bad news for the Obama administration if this latest attempt to get the hold lifted fails, because the executive order could be tied up in this legal dispute beyond the end of his term.
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