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    Judge Denies Request to Lift Hold on President’s Executive Action on Immigration


    April 8, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released the following statement regarding a ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen that finds the federal government misled the court regarding early implementation of expanded work permits to illegal immigrants.
    In the order, Hanen says the government has not “shown any credible reason for why this directive necessitates immediate implementation,” leading him to deny the request to immediately lift the hold and implement the President’s executive action on immigration.
    “The President continues to move forward with his unilateral action on immigration, which is a clear violation of the law,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Judge Hanen affirmed in his ruling that the federal government misrepresented to the court its implementation and showed no credible reason why the executive actions must have immediate enactment. The President’s executive action, which would force states to invest more in law enforcement, health care and education, should not proceed until all litigation has been resolved.”
    Arkansas is part of a 26-state coalition led by Texas, which is fighting the President’s unlawful executive actions with regard to immigration. Joining Arkansas and Texas are: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has already asked the 5th Circuit to lift Judge Hanen’s injunction, and the court is scheduled to hear arguments in the case on April 17.

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