You may recall that a federal judge, Andrew Hanen, has blocked president Obama’s unilateral “immigration” decision to “temporarily” defer deportation proceedings against possibly millions of people who are in this country illegally. Now, in a sign that the courts are finally beginning to understand the extent of the Constitution threat Obama poses while in the White House, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal has decided to take up the case on an expedited basis:
A federal appellate court Tuesday agreed to hear an expedited appeal of a ruling by a federal judge in Texas that blocked President Barack Obama’s immigration actions. Granting the Obama administration’s request for an expedited appeal, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold a hearing on April 17 to consider the administration’s challenge to a ruling last month that temporarily blocked it from implementing a sweeping program to defer deportations and grant other benefits for people in the country illegally. The court will consider whether to stay the injunction at the hearing.
In a ruling last month, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville, Texas, sided with officials from 26 largely Republican states who contend the president overstepped his authority when he took the action in November without congressional approval.
In appellate briefs filed with the Fifth Circuit court in New Orleans, the Obama administration has claimed Judge Hanen’s injunction undermined the federal government’s authority to prioritize which undocumented immigrants to deport. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the suit by the states, said the states “will vigorously oppose the president’s illegal amnesty plan in court.”
One could possibly interpret this move as favorable to the administration, which otherwise would be forced to choose between obeying the judge’s order or telling him to go pound sand, which is the preferred Obama Way. But the administration’s brazen concealment of material information from the judge is something that most judges, no matter what their political stripe, frown mightily upon. So moving the appeals process along might indicate that the Fifth Circuit intends to hand the administration another, more powerful, rebuke.
Not that Obama or his cronies will pay any attention to it, of course. He’s on a collision course with the Constitution and the American people, and doesn’t care who knows it.