High-powered immigrant advocacy organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday to try to kick-start President Obama’s deportation amnesty, arguing that the Texas judge who halted the program two years ago can’t bind the rest of the country to his decision.
The groups filed a challenge in Illinois, building on a similar lawsuit filed over the summer in New York. If either one is successful, it could ignite a stampede of copycats, creating a patchwork across the country where Homeland Security would have to issue work permits and stays of deportation to some illegal immigrants, but would be barred from approving applications from someone just over the line in another court’s jurisdiction.
The Obama administration declined to comment, citing the pending case. But it is already fighting back in the New York lawsuit, arguing it has to follow the nationwide injunction imposed by Judge Andrew S. Hanen in February 2015 and upheld twice by a federal appeals court. ... Read the full story by Stephen Dinan.