Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dallas court rules Obama's Immigration Deferred Action program is unauthorized

Dallas court rules Obama's Immigration Deferred Action program is unauthorized, Dallas is taking the lead against the Obama Administration's Immigration Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. As soon as Obama announced that he was implementing this order, the Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) in Dallas, Texas, filed a lawsuit. Many federal customs officers feel it violates federal law.

This law allows for the deferment of deportation action against people in the U.S. illegally. If a person came into the U.S. before the age of 16; is attending school or has graduated with a high school diploma; is clean of felonies and misdemeanors; and has been given a final evaluation to see if he or she is not a national security risk; then they would have the opportunity to follow a path to citizenship.

Kansas' Secretary of State, Kris Kobach heads the law suit against the State Department, along with the ICE union president, Christopher Crane. According to, in the law suit, the Dallas ICE agents feel that they are being ordered to violate federal law, and are susceptible to repercussions if they comply.

On Obama’s Administration side, defending the Deferred Action program is Janet Napolitano, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, and the director of ICE, John Morton. Their lead attorney is Christopher L. Crane, who is also president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, which is the federal immigration agents’ union.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, The Dallas U.S. District Judge, Reed O’Connor ruled on the case on Tuesday, and found that the Obama Administration does not have "discretion to refuse to initiate removal proceedings.”

Is the Deferred Action program a rally for votes on behalf of the Democratic Party? This would not be the first time that our country’s administration has tried to loosen or tighten immigration regulations in order to promote party votes. Since the beginning of our nation, we faced this problem.

When the second president of the United States, John Adams tried to keep a voting majority preferable to his party, he implemented the Alien and Sedition Acts that limited free speech and immigration. His intent was to make sure his presidential opponent, Thomas Jefferson, would not get the votes Adam needed to be reelected.

Nonetheless, the “common man”, Thomas Jefferson won this debated election of 1800, leaving behind John Adams as a one term president. If illegal immigrants get to stay and become voting citizens, they will most likely and "overwhelmingly" vote Democrat.

According to the U.K.'s Mail Online News statistics, in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, Obama received 71% of Hispanic votes. With the overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants being Hispanic, it would add a big voting block to the Democratic Party.

For the Democratic Party, this would be a win-win situation. The fact that Obama's Deferred Action program is being challenged is not surprising, as with the election of 1800 that made enemies of Adams and Jefferson.

If the Deferred program is dissolved through the court system, Obama’s administration may end up realizing that immigration changes need to come from the bottom up; and then hope that the new immigration reform proposals by Marco Rubio and the cooperating bipartisan team are successful.

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