If there's one thing we've all learned from the federal judge who blocked President Obama's executive action for undocumented immigrants, it's that it's hard to get toothpaste back into the tube.
The toothpaste in this case is access to work permits and other relief the controversial action would have granted to millions of immigrants here illegally.
Brownsville-based Judge Andrew Hanen's 123-page ruling stated that once services provided by the order were put into effect, "there will be no effective way of putting the toothpaste back in the tube should the plaintiffs ultimately prevail."
Hanen "did not declare the executive action unconstitutional, but said it should not take effect until the legal questions have been settled," according to the Chron.
Already eager to jam that toothpaste into the tube, Governor Greg Abbott released a statement that Obama "abdicated his responsibility to uphold the United States Constiution when he attempted to circumvent the laws passed Congress via executive fiat, and Judge Hansen's decision rightly stops the President's overreach in its tracks."
Unsurprisingly, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also called Hanen's ruling a victory, issuing a statement that "This decision is a victory for the rule of law in America and a crucial first step in reining in President Obama's lawlessness. The President's action, both unilateral and unconstitutional, was an affront to everyone pursuing a life of freedom and opportunity in America the right way."
But Houston immigration lawyer Gordon Quan pointed out that Hanen has not ruled on the order's constitutionality -- Hanen has only ruled that more time is needed to sort things out.
"It appears that because of the...vast number of people that would be affected by the executive orders, he wants to at least provide some more time to analyze all the factors," Quan told the Houston Press. "The states are making this argument that it's going to be costly to them. A similar argument was made in Arizona, where the judge found that it was not a burden to the state."
Quan said that while he was disappointed in the temporary injunction, "Knowing Judge Hanen, I know he's a very cautious jurist, and...he's taking this matter very seriously. And so I'm not surprised."
National Council of La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia also issued a statement today, saying,"We disagree with the court's decision, and believe a higher court will reaffirm the legitimacy of administrative relief."
Not to be outdone in the rush to issue statements, the ACLU's Cecillia Wang was quoted as saying "Despite its extreme and inflammatory rhetoric, the Texas court decision does not explicitly hold that DAPA, DACA, or any other part of the federal government's executive actions is unconstitutional."
We'll keep you posted on any developments.