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Legal Status Chance for Undocumented Stopped by Court

May 31, 2015
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Last year President Obama told a group of undocumented migrants they had a chance to become legal. He used an Executive Order to change the rules for deportation.

That was good news. However, Republicans had other plans. Many states sued in federal court. They said the administration did not follow the rules for Executive Orders.

A federal judge in Texas agreed with them. He said the program could not go forward. The U.S. Justice Department appealed the judge’s ruling. A federal court denied the appeal.

The next step is an appeal of the denial order of the federal court. Whichever way the appeal goes, the loser will try to get the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case.

Time for the Obama administration is flying by. Experts say the legal process will go well into 2016. Even if President Obama wins, few expect the undocumented to apply for legal status. That is because the next president may be a Republican, who has vowed to reverse the order.

It will be too risky for the undocumented to come forward.

This federal action is devastating news for so many who worked so hard to get the president to act.

The next event is a court hearing that is to take place early in July 2015.

The prospects for immigration reform are very dim. Democrats support reform. Most Republicans do not.

Either the House of Representative or the U.S. Senate may stay in the hands of Republicans in the 2016 elections. Guest workers and skilled technical workers have friends among these Republicans.

The undocumented will be out of luck.

Source: The New York Times May 27, 2015


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