Posted: 2:11 pm Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
By Jamie Dupree
Hours after a federal judge in Texas put a temporary hold on the President’s recent executive actions on immigration, the Obama Administration reluctantly delayed the start of its implementation work, which had been scheduled to start on February 18.
“I strongly disagree with Judge Hanen’s decision,” said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, even as he acknowledged that the feds must comply with the temporary injunction issued late on Tuesday night.
“Accordingly, the Department of Homeland Security will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA tomorrow, February 18, as originally planned,” Johnson added in a statement, as he defended the President’s immigration changes.
“The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts and even other courts have said that our actions are well within our legal authority,” Johnson said.
Events were moving so quickly inside the Obama Administration that the Department of Homeland Security’s website was still touting February 18 as the start of expanded DACA applications:
By later on Tuesday afternoon, that language about February 18 had been wiped from the USCIS website:
As for the next step in the legal battle over the President’s executive actions on immigration, a spokesman for Attorney General Eric Holder said the feds would certainly ask a higher court to get involved – but it wasn’t clear exactly what would happen.
.@PaulaReidCBS Correct that DOJ will appeal on merits. Question was whether DOJ would seek stay. That is what is being reviewed.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) February 17, 2015
“We’re still in the process of looking at the opinion and deciding what steps to take next,” said Holder at the National Press Club, who emphasized that it was just one judge who had ruled against the Obama Administration.
“I’ve always expected that this is a matter that will be decided by a higher court, if not the Supreme Court,” Holder added.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.