Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who filed the challenge to President Obama’s executive amnesty, was in a celebratory mood today after the Fifth Circuit Court declined to lift a stay on President Obama’s immigration plan. The fight could eventually end up before the Supreme Court.
Although this is a significant victory for Texas, there’s still plenty of fight ahead.
For years, Congress has been unable to agree on a revised law to address an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Obama said he acted because the House has refused to take up a bipartisan measure passed by the Senate in 2013 that would create a path to citizenship for many of those immigrants.
To qualify under his deferral program, undocumented immigrants must have been in the U.S. for at least five years and have a child who is a citizen, or have been brought here as children themselves. They must also pass a criminal background check.
It seems a lot of people don’t trust the president to obey the court ruling, but that shouldn’t prevent us from celebrating the court’s decision today.