Despite concerns from both sides of the political spectrum, last year President Obama unilaterally granted as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants access to work authorization and protections from deportation. However, the Department of Homeland Security’s roll out of the new directives gave way to mounting concerns from citizens, states, and members of Congress. Now these directives face a new roadblock: Texas federal Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision to halt the executive actions of President Obama. Finding that the 26 states bringing the challenge to the executive actions had legal standing and that proper public notice was not given, Judge Hanen’s ruling thwarts the implementation of these unlawful directives.
Join us as Attorneys General Ken Paxton and Doug Peterson discuss their state’s challenges to President Obama’s executive actions, the implications of Judge Hanen’s ruling, and where this case goes from here.
More About the Speakers
The Honorable Ken Paxton (R-TX)
Attorney General, State of Texas
The Honorable Doug Peterson (R-NE)
Attorney General, State of Nebraska
Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, and the Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow