Chris Christie joins legal fight against Obama’s immigration action
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined Texas, Louisiana and South Dakota in filing a brief this week to ask an appeals court to maintain an injunction against Obama’s executive actions.
The president’s actions are intended to offer a relief to approximately 5 million undocumented immigrants, including an estimated 204,000 people in New Jersey. The first one would expand the deferred action program for undocumented youth (DACA) implemented in 2012 by allowing an additional number of "dreamers" to apply for a protection from deportation and a work permit. The second one, known as DAPA, would allow parents of American citizens or residents to apply for the same protections.
However the president’s actions were blocked last month by a Federal Judge in Texas following a lawsuit by a coalition of 26 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
On the opposite side, 14 states and the District of Columbia have asked a federal appeals court to remove the temporary block on Obama's executive action on immigration.
Among them California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, and the District of Columbia.
Among the states that have not taken a position in regards to Obama’s executive actions are Alaska, Colorado, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wyoming.