Statement by FAIR on Judge Andrew Hanen's Preliminary Injunction on Obama Amnesty Programs
(February 17, 2015 - Washington, D.C.) - The following statement was issued by Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in response to Federal Judge Andrew Hanen's preliminary injunction barring implementation of President Obama's executive amnesty programs for 5 million illegal aliens:
"Judge Hanen's ruling preventing the Obama administration from proceeding with a plan to grant amnesty and work authorization to millions of illegal aliens is an important victory for the integrity of U.S. immigration law, American workers and taxpayers, and for our constitutional system of government.
"The Constitution clearly grants Congress the plenary authority to make immigration laws. President Obama's attempt to allow broad classes of illegal aliens the right to live and work legally in the United States, under the guise of discretionary authority, is nothing more than a blatant end-run around the Constitution.
"Most importantly, this injunction acknowledges the American people as the primary stakeholders in U.S. immigration policy, and that the president's actions would irreparably harm the interests of American citizens and the states and communities in which they live.
"FAIR applauds Judge Hanen's sound ruling and we expect that his decision will be upheld by the Fifth Circuit and, ultimately, the United States Supreme Court."