What was a huge victory for the administration has turned into a series of major setbacks that could turn one of his biggest legacy items from “we did it” to “at least we tried.” The immigration program that would have halted deportation for millions of illegal immigrants is now on hold.
That isn’t stopping a $7.8 million per year lease that was supposed to be the home for 3100 new Homeland Security employees in Arlington, VA. The building is there. The workers are not.
Texas and 25 other states sued the administration for what they’re calling an unconstitutional use of an executive order from President Obama. As such, a federal judge in Texas put an injunction in place on the plan and a federal appeals court upheld the injunction. It could be near or after the end of the President’s term before the measure is put into effect, after which it could be completely removed depending on who wins the 2016 presidential election.
“It’s kind of come to a screeching halt,’’ said Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, which helps immigrants with legal and other issues. She said the Obama administration “is being very cautious. .?.?. They feel that injunction was very clear, that they’re not able to do anything.”
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