A Federal judge has issued an injunction blocking President Obama’s executive order easing the entry of illegal immigrants into the U.S. This block will be in effect until either it is overturned by a higher court, or by the outcome of the lawsuit that gave rise to it. Or of course, until the Prez feels strong enough to ignore it. Right now, he seems to agree that he’s on hold. We trust that that District Judge Andrew Hamen is not expecting promotion any time soon.
The lawsuit to be tried seems to assert that the Prez lacks the authority to do what he did. As what he said in his Executive Order depends to a degree upon refusing to enforce existing law (which he President swore to enforce in his oath of office) we see the lawsuit as well grounded as evidently, so does Judge Hamen. For what that may be worth …
The GOP, supposedly overjoyed at this, now faces a problem. It quietly funded the President’s program while complaining loudly in public; that says the Republicans want the same open borders as does the Prez; they just don’t wish to have the public aware of that. They are waling a tightrope of hypocrisy. Nothing new. For the Prez, his Gallup approval shot from some 38% low to around 50% when he issued his immigration edict. With this, it’s hard to bet on the outcome of the actual trial.
The issue seems to turn upon whether the trial court and subsequent appeals will follow the actual law or the polls of the issue. In the American system, it can go either way as we see things. Any trial court result seems likely to be appealed by somebody. Both parties seem to want the immigration that the public (that has to compete with it for jobs) does not want.
Judge Hamen seems to have heated a potato above comfortable handling temperature; we expect few higher courts will be anxious to receive his finished product. “Why me?” will be the attitude. The Jewish answer to that: “Why not me?” will prevail and some appellate patsy and ultimately maybe the Supremes will end finally on the spot. We shall see … and if a sense of humor is present, we shall enjoy the sight of the Mighty, squirming uncomfortably. The truth is out there; they just don’t feel happy when we become aware of it.