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Appeals Court Refuses To Let Obama’s Amnesty Move Forward

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) 

The latest executive order, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) would exempt about 4 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.

The 26 states bringing the lawsuit contend Obama overstepped his authority by unilaterally granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

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