A Texas judge blocked President Obama's Executive Order that would
have granted partial amnesty to an estimated 4.7 million undocumented
Brownsville U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a preliminary injunction
at the behest of 26 red states. Judge Hanen ruled that President Obama
exceeded his executive authority by bypassing Congress on what was a legislative
issue. He added that "the states have clearly proven a likelihood
of success on the merits" of the case.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott commented that the President "abdicated his
responsibility to uphold the United States Constitution when he attempted
to circumvent the laws passed by Congress via executive fiat, and Judge
Hanen's decision rightly stops the president's overreach in its
tracks." President Obama vowed an appeal all the way to the Supreme
Court if necessary, insisting that "
the law is on our side and history is on our side."
The federal government's immigration reform may be either temporarily
or permanently on hold, but reform in California is proceeding as planned.
The state was ready to deal with the flood of applicants in the first
few weeks after
Assembly Bill 60 took effect this past January, with more workers at local DMV offices
and a slate of employees to review documents.
Even if you don't have immigration papers or your documents are out
of date, you are now
eligible for a California drivers' license if you pass the oral and written tests, can provide proof of identity
and current residence and meet certain other qualifications.
If you have questions about the new law, speak to an attorney regularly
practicing in a Tulare County traffic court.