10:49 AM, Feb 17, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A federal judge in Texas issued an injunction Monday to halt the implementation of a December executive order by President Barack Obama on immigration. The Associated Press reports:
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's decision late Monday puts on hold Obama's orders that could spare from deportation as many as five million people who are in the U.S. illegally.
Hanen wrote in a memorandum accompanying his order that the lawsuit should go forward. Without a preliminary injunction, he said, the states would "suffer irreparable harm in this case."
"The genie would be impossible to put back into the bottle," he wrote, adding that he agreed that legalizing the presence of millions of people is a "virtually irreversible" action.
The White House responded to the decision forcefully in a statement released Tuesday.
"The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts, and the district court in Washington, D.C. have determined that the President’s actions are well within his legal authority," reads the statement. "Top law enforcement officials, along with state and local leaders across the country, have emphasized that these policies will also benefit the economy and help keep communities safe. The district court’s decision wrongly prevents these lawful, commonsense policies from taking effect and the Department of Justice has indicated that it will appeal that decision."
3:29 PM, Feb 3, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Tuesday, Democrats took advantage of the Senate's filibuster rules to block a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security through the fiscal year. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives last month, would fund the department at current levels but block funding for implementing President Obama's December 2014 executive order on immigration.
ABC News reports that just 51 senators voted to close debate on the bill, with every Democrat voting against cloture and effectively blocking the Senate's ability to hold a vote on the legislation:
3:12 PM, Dec 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A senior White House official says the implementation of President Obama's executive order on immigration is "well underway" and that the administration would "proceed" regardless of congressional efforts to block the order.
On a Thursday afternoon conference call with reporters, the official, speaking on background, was asked about the implementation of the order. The officials referred specific questions to the Department of Homeland Security, but added: "Their plans are well underway."
12:25 PM, Dec 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
John Boehner said he would not commit to bringing up a bill to strip critical funding from the Department of Homeland Security in the next Congress. Instead, the speaker of the House says there are "lots of options" for blocking President Obama's executive order on immigration. At a Thursday press conference in the Capitol, Boehner did not guarantee the House would vote to block or cut off funding from DHS once Republicans had control of both houses of Congress in 2015.
11:33 AM, Dec 1, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Scammers are taking advantage of President Obama's executive amnesty order. Which is why "advocates and immigration lawyers are doing whatever they can to raise awareness of what the policies mean so scammers don't cost those undocumented immigrants both money and their chances at reprieve," according to the liberal Huffington Post.
12:00 AM, Nov 29, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
“Give me your tired, your poor … your huddled masses … wretched refuse … the homeless,” implores the Lady in New York harbor. Little can she know that 11.4 million of these “tempest-tost” souls are already here, having arrived illegally, most from Mexico and points south. Some 4-5 million of those illegal, or “undocumented” immigrants to use the description preferred by pro-immigration advocates, no longer are threatened with deportation orders.
8:03 AM, Nov 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A New York luxury hotel says it does not knowingly employ illegal immigrants, despite a suggestion by Hillary Clinton that it does.
9:34 PM, Nov 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Jeff Sessions says he’s not convinced his fellow Republicans have a plan to successfully combat President Obama’s newly announced executive orders on immigration.
“I haven’t seen the details of a plan to confront this unprecedented power grab,” Sessions said in a phone interview Thursday evening. He added that while plenty of his Republican colleagues have released “tough” statements following Obama’s announcement, he hasn’t seen the party coalesce around a plan.
7:46 PM, Nov 20, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Director of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will head for the Texas-Mexico border town of McAllen, Texas Friday in the wake of President Obama's announcement regarding his immigration executive order.
1:07 PM, Nov 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tomorrow night, at 8 p.m. EST, President Obama will address the nation on his coming executive amnesty.
"Our immigration system has been broken for decades -- and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country," says the White House press secretary in a blog post.
And go fast.8:35 PM, Nov 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Harry Reid, who is finishing up his term as Senate majority leader, has some words of advice for President Obama: "go big" on executive amnesty.
"I believe that when the President decides to do his executive order, he should go big -- big as he can," Reid told the press today.
Rescission, not shutdown.4:17 PM, Nov 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republicans on Capitol Hill remain unsure of how to proceed should President Obama issue his expected executive order on immigration.
MSNBC Host: 'I haven't found a single elected Democrat' who can legally justify it.7:02 AM, Nov 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic Rep. Peter Welch, a lawmaker and a lawyer, couldn't explain a legal justification for part of President Obama's executive amnesty order, when pressed about it last night on MNSBC:
9:22 PM, Nov 13, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News tonight that amnesty via executive order is an "impeachable offense."
Watch his comments to Megyn Kelly:
"Look, I believe it is an impeachable offense," Krauthammer told Kelly.