A temporary setback is how an Illinois congressman labels the decision to block President Obama’s executive order delaying deportations. A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the order from going into effect while a lawsuit to permanently stop the action is considered. U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Chicago) says it’s not surprising considering the strategy of the 26 states involved in the suit.
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“They went shopping, and they shopped for the most conservative, anti-Obama judge they could find,” Gutierrez said, “and they got the decision they were shopping for.”
The federal government plans on appealing the ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, where Gutierrez expects a different result.
The first part of Obama’s order, expanding the program delaying deportation of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, would have gone into effect Wednesday. Despite the ruling, Gutierrez says he and other groups will go ahead with planned events to get eligible immigrants prepared to take advantage of the program.
Illinois is not one of the states involved in the lawsuit, and Gutierrez says some Republican politicians in the state, such as U.S. Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and Gov. Bruce Rauner, have shown some level of support for Obama’s immigration order.
“Our Republican governor of the state of Illinois is not one of the plaintiffs. I don’t know if there are any other Republican governors that aren’t plaintiffs in this case,” Gutierrez said.