LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An executive order by President Barack Obama that would have blocked the deportation of undocumented immigrants has been stopped for now.
Monday night, a federal judge in Texas blocked a plan that would give legal status to an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants.
The block will allow for 26 states, including Texas, to prepare for their pending lawsuits against the White House
On Tuesday, East Texas News talked with one Lufkin immigration lawyer to get his reaction to the new developments.
The president's plan on executive immigration reform has hit a roadblock. A roadblock headed up by Texas and Governor Greg Abbott.
"We will not sit idly by while the president ignores the law and fails to secure the border," Abbott said.
We talked to Immigration attorney Jose Gonzalez last November after President Obama announced a plan that would spare as many as five million illegal immigrants from deportation.
Back then, Gonzalez said the plan was a game changer, but on Tuesday, Gonzalez said he is feeling the opposite.
"I'm disappointed in the judge's decision and his 123-page opinion," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez is a first-generation citizen. His father traveled to the US from Mexico. He said he understands what his clients are going through. Gonzalez also said over the last few months he was cautious because he knew this ruling could happen.
"Being mindful of that, we did caution our clients and people seeking information about how to proceed and get protection of the program; just hold back a bit and go ahead and get their primary documents like birth certificates, passports, and those IDs and go ahead and get those items ready in case that program is implemented," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said he believes immigration reform must happen and be a priority. He also said others share his cause but blamed politics for getting involved in an issue that should not be divided on the party line.
"It's not a surprise at all to see a conservative state take a stance against a more liberal federal government, so I am not surprised Texas has led that coalition."
However, Gonzalez and many others will continue to fight in hopes that Obama's executive orders will eventually happen.
The Obama administration has said they do plan on appealing the ruling.