President Obama said on Tuesday that he believes he acted within his authority in regard to his executive actions on immigration, which have been stopped by a federal judge.
“I think the law is on our side and history is on our side, and we are going to appeal it,” Obama said to reporters.
On Monday, District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the executive orders could not continue until the courts considered a lawsuit from 26 states that claimed the orders were unconstitutional. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the administration was “prepared for” Hanen’s ruling.
“I think those that are veteran court watchers were not surprised by this particular judge's ruling based on his previous statements on this issue,” Earnest said.
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According to a statement from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, the department will comply with the ruling and not move forward with the immigration programs. While they will not continue with the programs for the time being, Obama said the DHS would “prepared to implement this fully as soon as the legal issues get resolved."
“My strong advice right now to Congress is, if they are seriously concerned about immigration, about our borders, about being able to keep criminals out of this country, then what they should be doing is working together and working with the administration for a comprehensive immigration policy that allows us to continue to be both a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants,” Obama said.
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