A Texas federal court dealt a major blow to President Barack Obama yesterday, ruling that his executive order to protect from deportation an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally was against the law.
But it doesn’t look like Obama is taking the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision lying down — and he may already be hatching a new plan to protect illegals.
Part of Obama’s initiative included expansion of a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, protecting immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The other major part, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, would extend deportation protections to parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the country for years.
Republicans had criticized the plan as an illegal executive overreach when Obama announced it last November. Twenty-six states challenged the plan in court.
“President Obama should abandon his lawless executive amnesty program and start enforcing the law today,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a news release.
But enforcing the law may not be exactly what’s on Obama’s mind.
Fox News is reporting that a vocal supporter of so-called “sanctuary cities,” Heather Fong, is on the short list of possible nominees to become the next chief of Border Patrol.
Fong is infamous for using her position while San Francisco sheriff to shield illegal immigrants from deportation, even if those illegals had committed crimes while in the country.
“If they bring (a police chief) in for political purposes based on the sanctuary cities model, that politicizes the job and I think it completely undermines credibility and morale in the organization,” House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) told Fox News.
The Associated Press contributed to this article