Federal Appeals court: 1, Obama’s amnesty: 0

A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a huge blow to President Obama’s unilateral executive amnesty. Reports the Associated Press [1]:

A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s executive action that could shield as many as 5 million immigrants illegally living in the U.S. from deportation.

The U.S. Justice Department had asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a Texas judge who agreed to temporarily block the president’s plan in February, after 26 states filed a lawsuit alleging Obama’s action was unconstitutional. But two out of three judges on a court panel voted to deny the government’s request.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the government would appeal, either to the full appeals court in New Orleans or to the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued the injunction halting Obama’s amnesty program back in February after a group of states banded together to sue the administration. Turns out, the president of the United States doesn’t always have the law on his side. So despite the White House’s protests, Obama’s amnesty officially cannot move forward while the lawsuit continues to wind its way through the court system.

Of course as we know now, Judge Hanen’s order didn’t stop the Obama Administration from “accidentally” approving amnesty applications anyway [2] and then blaming it on a tech glitch. Here’s hoping the White House pays attention to this court order this time.