Reuters / Tim Shaffer
A Pennsylvania federal court judge ruled in a deportation case that President Barack Obama exceeded his executive powers when he announced his executive order on immigration policy.
The judge’s ruling was made in an unrelated criminal case, however, and has no consequences for the president’s action. It is unclear how much weight the ruling will hold moving forward.
“The Court holds that the Executive Action is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of powers and the Take Care Clause of the Constitution,” wrote US District Judge Arthur J. Schwab, who was appointed by George W. Bush.
Specifically, the case involved concerned Elionardo Juarez-Escobar from Honduras, who was arrested by US border patrol agents in October 2005 and sent home in December under expedited removals. He returned to the US at a later date and worked for several years in Pittsburgh before he was stopped in 2014 by police officer for suspicion of drunk driving.
In the midst of being arrested and charged, his undocumented status came to light and he was scheduled for deportation. While his defense was arguing against deportation, President Obama made his announcement about immigration reform.
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