Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he was ''confident'' that ultimately courts will uphold a ban on President Barack Obama's immigration overhaul. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he was "confident" that ultimately courts will uphold a ban on President Barack Obama's immigration overhaul, which a Texas court overturned. In his ruling on Monday that upended plans to shield millions of people from deportation, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen avoided diving into sweeping constitutional questions or tackling presidential powers head-on. Instead, he faulted Obama for not giving public notice of his plans. The failure to do so, Hanen wrote, was a violation of the 1946 Administrative Procedure Act, which requires notice in a publication called the Federal Register as well as an opportunity for people to submit views in writing. The ruling, however narrow, marked an initial victory for 26 states that brought the case alleging Obama had exceeded his powers with executive orders that would let up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants stay without threat of deportation. At a news conference, Abbott said, "I am confident that as this case works its way up the appellate process, we will continue to win." Abbott was joined by Republican Senator Ted Cruz who said he was proud that Texas led the way on this issue. The U.S. Justice Department was preparing an appeal of Hanen's temporary injunction to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The court could consider an emergency request to block Hanen's ruling, potentially within days, although most of the 23 judges on the court were appointed by Republican presidents. =