Video: Texas Leaders Address Judge’s Ruling Delaying Obama’s Action

A federal judge in Brownsville temporarily stopped the Obama administration from implementing his deferred action programs.

This article was updated on February 19, 2015

Watch U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton hold a news conference on a judge’s decision to halt President Obama’s immigration order. The livestream feed is courtesy of our media partner, KXAN-TV and the Texas Tribune.


Texas Governor Greg Abbott says that the president’s executive action on illegal immigration was wrong.

“The president trying to circumvent around Congress, in an effort to impose his own dictatorial mandates, concerning immigration laws in this nation,” Abbott said.

The governor was in Austin with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. 

“It was not simply declining to prosecute some 4.5 million people who are here illegally, but rather as the district court said an affirmative act of issuing work authorizations that are flatly contrary to federal law,” said Cruz.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker says the judge’s ruling adds more confusion for immigrants who might be eligible to become documented.

“They need that information, whether or not the president’s executive order is temporarily delayed, because we’re all in this effort for comprehensive immigration reform,” Parker said.

Texas and 25 other states sought to block the president’s action that would have protected undocumented immigrants from being deported, and allows a lawsuit to make its way through the courts.

President Obama says he will appeal.

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